June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Design in Engineering Education
22.433.1 - 22.433.13
Design of a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network for Energy Management at HomeAbstractIn a world of rising energy costs and dwindling natural resources capable of producing energy,people and businesses are starting to look for better ways to help reduce their increasing electricbills. One way of reducing these costs is to monitor, in real time, how much power is beingconsumed and from that data make informed decisions about how to manage the electricaldevices being powered. A system which can give users an idea of how much power is being, hasbeen, and might be, consumed will allow them to adjust their habits and lower the costs.In this paper, we describe a capstone senior design project that designs, builds, and tests awireless sensor and actuator network for monitoring the energy usage of alternating current (AC)appliances in a home environment. The wireless sensor and actuator network consists of multiplesensor nodes and a central server, where the sensor nodes have two-way communication with thecentral server. Each sensor node in the network is connected to and reads the energy usage of oneAC appliance, and wirelessly reports the readings to the central server. The server displays, inreal time, the readings from these nodes through a user visual interface, in a manner that userscan easily understand their electricity usage patterns and adapt their behavior to reduce theirenergy consumption and costs. Moreover, when the measured power usage of some appliance isabove a user-defined threshold, the central server will alert the user to remotely activate theactuator associated with that appliance to cut-off the power automatically.The design, implementation, and performance analysis of this design project will be described indetail in the full paper. The design experience in this project will expose the students to up-to-date wireless and sensor technologies in an emerging real-world application.
Chen, C., & Pomalaza-Raez, C., & Chobot, E., & Newby, D. B., & Chandler, R. K., & Abu-Mulaweh, N. (2011, June), Design of a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network for Energy Management at Home Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17714
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