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Margit Mutschlechner, Patrick Baldemaier, Philipp Handle and Falko Dressler, "Wireless in The Woods: Experimental Evaluation of IEEE 802.11a/b/g in Forested Environments," Proceedings of 12. GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch Drahtlose Sensornetze (FGSN 2013), Cottbus, Germany, September 2013, pp. 5–8.


We study the feasibility of using IEEE 802.11a/b/g in forested environments. Our particular interest is to identify potential wireless communication technologies for spanning a ground network in the woods to study the foraging and hunting behavior of bats in the wild. We are working on ultra-low power communication devices to monitor contact times and to localize bats in their natural habitat. For collecting and aggregating the received information, a stationary ground network is planned but little is known about the signal attenuation due to shadowing and fading and the resulting packet error rates in such environments. Thus, we experimentally studied selected wireless LAN technologies in an extensive set of measurements. We report our findings that also help selecting protocols and configurations in other sensor networking applications.

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Margit Mutschlechner
Patrick Baldemaier
Philipp Handle
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Mutschlechner, Margit and Baldemaier, Patrick and Handle, Philipp and Dressler, Falko},
    title = {{Wireless in The Woods: Experimental Evaluation of IEEE 802.11a/b/g in Forested Environments}},
    pages = {5--8},
    address = {Cottbus, Germany},
    booktitle = {12. GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespr{\"{a}}ch Drahtlose Sensornetze (FGSN 2013)},
    month = {9},
    year = {2013},

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