C&O charging: A hybrid wireless charging method for the mine internet of things

Qingsong Hu, Yong Cheng, Boming Song, Binghao Li, Shiyin Li

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Most nodes of Mine Internet of Things (Mine IoT) are powered by batteries, and wireless charging using mobile chargers (MCs) is an effective way to make nodes work sustainably. A novel hybrid charging method combining the controlled and opportunistic MCs (C&O charging) is proposed in this study. Workers (such as the repairmen and gas inspectors) carrying portable chargers are proposed to be opportunistic MCs to provide an incidental charging service for the surrounding rechargeable Mine IoT nodes while doing its own work to reduce the payload of controlled MCs. The hybrid charging model based on the incidental charging ability of the opportunistic MC is constructed and the scheduling strategy of the controlled MC and the queueing management scheme of the charging request are also proposed. The simulation results indicate that the power demands of the majority of the nodes in the maintenance areas can be met or partially met by opportunistic MCs and the charging time of C&O charging is greatly decreased compared to that of only using controlled MCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3276-3283
Number of pages8
JournalIET Communications
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2020


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