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Enhancing the Safety, Security, and Convenience Features of an Automotive via a Cellular Interface

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Teaching Analog and Digital Communication: Novel Ideas for Lecture Courses, Laboratories, and Projects

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Electrical and Computer

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22.625.1 - 22.625.9



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Lei Miao The University of Cincinnati

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Lei Miao received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northeastern University of China, and the Ph.D. degree from Boston University, Boston, MA, in 1998, 2001, and 2006, respectively. From 2006 to 2009, he was with Nortel Networks, Billerica, MA where he worked on the research and development of Optical Ethernet routing switches. Since 2009, he has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Electronic and Computing
Systems at the University of Cincinnati. He has extensive teaching experience in Circuit Analysis, Digital Systems, Electronics, Digital Signal Processing, and Communication Systems. His research interests include discrete-event dynamic systems, stochastic optimization, and algorithms, with applications to computer networks, communication systems, and digital systems.

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Denis Fedorov University of Cincinnati

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Received a bachelor degree (BSEE) cum laude from University of Cincinnati in 2010.

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James O. Everly University of Cincinnati

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James O. Everly is an Associate Professor in Electronic and Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He received a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from The Ohio State University in 1969 and 1970, respectively. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio. He is a member of the IEEE Cincinnati Section, and in 1997 he received the IEEE Professional Achievement Award. He has held several research and management positions in industry working for such companies as Battelle's Columbus Laboratories, Rockwell International, and Claspan Corporation. He joined the University of Cincinnati in 1985.

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Max Rabiee University of Cincinnati

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Max Rabiee earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 1987. He has taught electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology courses full-time & part-time for 28 years; and he is currently Professor and ECET Program Chair in the School of Electronics and Computing Systems in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Dr. Rabiee is a registered professional engineer (since 1988), and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). He is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

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Enhancing the safety and convenience features of an automotive via a cellular interfaceAbstractThis paper presents a recent senior design project conducted by a student major inElectrical Engineering Technology. The goal of this project was to enhance the safetyand convenience features of an automotive by using a low cost cellular interface. Thiswas motivated by the fact that similar features provided by automotive manufacturesare either restrictive or expensive. For example, most remote car start systems havelimited range, and some of the commercial safety enhancement features, such asOnStar, charge a fairly high monthly fee.The outcome of the senior design project is a complete electronic system assembledon a PCB board, and it is ready to be mass produced for the unit price under $100.When the system is installed on an automotive, the following functionalities can beachieved: i) a user may turn on and turn off the engine remotely; ii) the car may turnthe engine off automatically after the desired temperature is reached; iii) a user mayinquire the cabin temperature of the vehicle; iv) remote keyless entry; v) accidentmonitoring and notification; and vi) vehicle location tracking. All these functionalitiesdo not have any limitation on distance, as long as the cell phone signal is available.The system is also very easy to operate: a user may simply send the commands asshort text messages from his cell phone.On the educational front, this senior project is a nice practice for a student to integrateseveral electronic devices and components, such as cell phones, microcontrollers,temperature sensors, accelerometers, GPS receivers, and PCB boards into a completeand working system. Fig. 1 System Block DiagramFig. 2 The Printed Circuit Board designed by the student

Miao, L., & Fedorov, D., & Everly, J. O., & Rabiee, M. (2011, June), Enhancing the Safety, Security, and Convenience Features of an Automotive via a Cellular Interface Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17906

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