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Wireless sensor network for remote monitoring of parameters in distribution points of district utilities for heat and water
Author(s): Andrei Drumea; Ioana Ilie; Alexandru Vasile; Paul Svasta; Adina Tapu
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Paper Abstract

Rigorous monitoring of technological parameters optimizes the activities and reduces energy losses in distribution points of heat and water from utility companies. Extra efficiency can be achieved by remote monitoring via Internet or GSM communications and using networks of wireless sensors for collecting data. Presented paper focuses on hardware and software design aspects of wireless sensors for measuring parameters required by water and heat distribution, with focus on flow and temperature measurement. The sensors consist of two modules - one control and communication unit and sensing unit. Sensing unit is specific to measured parameter (flow, temperature, humidity etc.) but control and communication unit is the same for all sensors. Software for sensing unit was developed and tested on a universal electronic module for industrial control. Sensors group together in a plug-and-play wireless mesh network and one of them is connected to an Internet/GSM communication module for remote access. Wireless sensors are battery based devices so energy management issues (hardware and software) play a big role in sensor design. Current consumption of different configurations and in different operation states is analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 January 2009
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7297, Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies IV, 729727 (7 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.823691
Show Author Affiliations
Andrei Drumea, Politehnica Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Ioana Ilie, Institute for Hydraulics and Pneumatics (Romania)
Alexandru Vasile, Politehnica Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Paul Svasta, Politehnica Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Adina Tapu, Politehnica Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7297:
Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies IV
Paul Schiopu; Cornel Panait; George Caruntu; Adrian Manea, Editor(s)

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