Optimization of power consumption for gas sensor nodes: A survey

Alexander Baranov, Denis Spirjakin, Saba Akbari, Andrey Somov

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Abstract The Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology has recently been used, rather successfully, in a huge number of monitoring applications. However, the monitoring of combustible gases with WSN stands out from typical applications where the wireless communications function is much more power hungry than the sensing one. The reason behind this "dissonance" is in using catalytic or semiconductor sensors that ensure a trade-off among the safety requirements, performance and power consumption. This work provides a survey of intrinsic power optimization techniques with a special focus on recent advances in power management, sensor fabrication, sensing circuits, and measurement procedures. The paper concludes with providing a future outlook in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9248
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Gas sensors
  • Power management
  • Sensor node
  • Wireless sensor network


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