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Santos Filho, F.H.C.; Dester, P.S.; Stancanelli, E.M.G.; Cardieri, P.; Nardelli, P.H.J.; Carrillo, D.; Alves, H. Performance of LoRaWAN for Handling Telemetry and Alarm Messages in Industrial Applications. Sensors 2020, 20, 3061

Performance of lorawan for handling telemetry and alarm messages in industrial applications

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Author: dos Santos Filho, Francisco Helder C.1,2; Dester, Plínio S.2; Stancanelli, Elvis M. G.1;
Organizations: 1Federal University of Ceará, Quixadá 63902-580, Brazil
2School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Campinas, Campinas 13083-970, Brazil
3Department of Electrical Engineering, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland
4Centre forWireless Communications, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-18


This paper analyzes the feasibility of the coexistence of telemetry and alarm messages employing Long-Range Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology in industrial environments. The regular telemetry messages come from periodic measurements from the majority of sensors while the alarm messages come from sensors whose transmissions are triggered by rarer (random) events that require highly reliable communication. To reach such a strict requirement, we propose here strategies of allocation of spreading factor, by treating alarm and regular (telemetry) messages differently. The potential of such allocation strategies has also been investigated under retransmission and diversity of gateways. Both indoor industrial plant and open-field scenarios are investigated. We compare the proposed solution with a benchmark scenario—where no alarm is considered—by using system level simulation. Our results show that it is possible to achieve high reliability with reasonably low delay for the alarm messages without significantly affecting the performance of the regular links.

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Series: Sensors
ISSN: 1424-8220
ISSN-E: 1424-8220
ISSN-L: 1424-8220
Volume: 20
Issue: 11
Article number: 3061
DOI: 10.3390/s20113061
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research was funded in part by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Grant No. 2017/21347-0 and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), Finance Code 001; CAPES/PICDT Program, and the authors are with LUT University, Finland. This research is partly funded by Academy of Finland via: (a) ee-IoT n.319009, (b) FIREMAN consortium CHIST-ERA/n.326270, and (c) EnergyNet Fellowship n.321265/n.328869, and also has been financially supported by Academy of Finland, 6Genesis Flagship (Grant no318937) and ee-IoT (grant no 319008).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
319008 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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