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A small low-power networked and versatile sensor interface
Author(s): Peter S. Vincent; Phillip J. McMahon; Richard F. Muscat; Ladislav Zeve; Alan R. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has developed a low power RS485 sensor network that can be hardware configured at design time from a number of modules, depending on its final application. The core predesigned module includes network communications, microprocessor control and digital input/output. A number of analogue sensor interface modules can easily be added to this core. In addition, the software is also of modular design consisting of a set of core operating routines and a set of routines for controlling sensor operations that can be downloaded or upgraded in the field. Prime consideration in this development has been given to the need for small size, low weight, low power and versatility of operation. The hardware is based around the Texas Instruments MSP430® micro-controller. This paper will present some of the considerations leading to the design and examples of applications of the sensor network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6414, Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems III, 64140Z (11 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.696428
Show Author Affiliations
Peter S. Vincent, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Phillip J. McMahon, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Richard F. Muscat, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Ladislav Zeve, Boeing Australia Ltd., DSTO (Australia)
Alan R. Wilson, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6414:
Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems III
Said F. Al-Sarawi, Editor(s)

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