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The Design and Development of a Secure Internet-based Protocol for the Control of a Remote Solar Tracker

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Information and Network Security

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Computing & Information Technology

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25.1282.1 - 25.1282.12



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Alak Bandyopadhyay Alabama A&M University

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Alak Bandyopadhyay is an Associate Professor in computer science at Alabama A&M University. Bandyopadhyay's research area is algorithm development, simulations, computational fluid dynamics, and mathematical modeling of physical systems. Bandyopadhyay has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Minnesota.

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Neema Simon Sumari Alabama A&M University

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Neema Simon Sumari, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Sumari of Tanzania, was born on Dec. 15, 1979, in Morogoro, Tanzania. She came in the United States in 2001 for school and joined Concordia College. Selma, Alabama. for two years. She received her associate's degree in 2003. She then joined Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University in Aug. 2003 and got her bachelor's of science degree in computer science in May 2006 and master's of science in computer science in Dec. 2011 at Alabama A&M University.

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The Design and Development of a Secure Internet–Based Protocol for the Control of a Remote Solar TrackerNeema S. Sumari and Alak Bandyopadhyay, Computer Science, Alabama A & MUniversity, Normal, Alabama 35762The problem facing most family households in the developing world is the lack of aplentiful, inexpensive, renewable, and non-pollutant source of energy. Solar energy is awidely accepted alternative for energy production. Solar energy is captured byphotovoltaic or solar cells, which is then converted into electricity. In order to receive themaximum potential of Sun energy, the solar cells must be constantly aligned to pointdirectly at the Sun. The goal of this research was to design and develop the software for asecured Internet–based protocol for the control of a remote solar tracker. The purpose ofthe remote controlled solar tracker is to allow greater efficiency in collecting the Sun’senergy and converting the collected solar energy into electrical power using a movablepanel of solar cells as opposed to a non-movable panel of solar cells. This researchshowed that a 44.62% increase in solar energy may be produced by using a movable solarcells panel as compared to using a fixed solar cells panel. The network security is anotherissue to remotely controlled solar tracker and as this is done on the web, an encryptionalgorithm is used to hide the information sent. The research also showed some of thebenefits of using a solar tracker such as a reduction in the rate of deforestation, areduction in the poverty rate, reduced health risk, reduced air pollution, and possible areduction in global warming.KEY WORDS: solar energy, solar cells, encryption, UDP, client/server computing 1

Bandyopadhyay, A., & Sumari, N. S. (2012, June), The Design and Development of a Secure Internet-based Protocol for the Control of a Remote Solar Tracker Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22039

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