In Situ Calibration Algorithms for Environmental Sensor Networks: a Review

Résumé : The recent developments in both nanotechnologies and wireless technologies has enabled the rise of small, low cost and energy efficient environmental sensing devices. Many projects involving dense sensor networks deployments have followed, in particular within the Smart City trend. If such deployments are now within economical and technical reach, their maintenance and reliability remain however a challenge. In particular, reaching, then maintaining, the targeted quality of measurement throughout deployment duration is an important issue. Indeed, factory calibration is too expensive for systematic application to low-cost sensors and as these sensors are usually prone to drifting because of premature aging. In addition, there are concerns about the applicability of factory calibration to field conditions. These challenges have fostered many researches on in situ calibration. In situ means that the sensors are calibrated without removing them from their deployment location, preferably without physical intervention, often leveraging their communication capabilities. It is a critical challenge for the economical sustainability of networks with large scale deployments. In this paper, we focus on in situ calibration methods for environmental sensor networks. We propose a taxonomy of the methodologies in the literature. Our classification relies on both the architecture of the network of sensors and the algorithmic principles of the calibration methods. This review allow us to identify and discuss two main challenges: how to improve the performance evaluation of such methods and how to enable a quantified comparison of these strategies?
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Florentin Delaine, Bérengère Lebental, Hervé Rivano. In Situ Calibration Algorithms for Environmental Sensor Networks: a Review. IEEE Sensors Journal, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2019, 19 (15), pp 5968 - 5978. ⟨10.1109/JSEN.2019.2910317⟩. ⟨hal-02174938v2⟩

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