Title: A wireless sensor network application for management on marine cold chains

Authors: Min-Der Ko, Hung-Jung Hsu, Hsiang-Ju Lin

Addresses: Department of Transportation and Navigation Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, No.2 Pei Ning Rd, Keelung, Taiwan. ' Silicon Motion, Inc., No.20-1, Taiyuan Street, Hsinchu, Taiwan. ' Department of Transportation and Navigation Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, No.2 Pei Ning Rd, Keelung, Taiwan

Abstract: A wireless reefer container temperature monitoring system has been designed and is discussed in this paper. In order to make the marine transportation more transparent and efficient, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) provide an independent, powerful and integrated way. This paper first describes general temperature management systems and issues extending to the international transportation security, as well as the development of a smart container. The majority of this paper refers to the proposed network architecture, hardware and software. At the end, the detailed routing protocol and task design are presented. Overall, we focus on proposing a solution of marine cold chain, combined with the latest network technology to bring in a safer and more efficient marine transportation.

Keywords: wireless sensor networks; WSNs; container transportation; reefer containers; real-time temperature monitoring; radio frequency identification; RFID; wireless networks; marine transportation; international transportation security; marine cold chain; smart containers; routing protocol; task design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRFITA.2007.015851

International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications, 2007 Vol.1 No.3, pp.278 - 290

Published online: 25 Nov 2007 *

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