Measuring with Bees II: in home power and water monitoring

Tan, Yian Yian (2011) Measuring with Bees II: in home power and water monitoring. [USQ Project]

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Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) has been developing rapidly due to its many features, such as low power consumption, node network theory and suitability in large and harsh environment. The areas of application and implementation of
WSN has been growing, and ZigBee is one of the WSN specifications commonly utilised. The ZigBee specification is developed by ZigBee Alliance, which covers various ZigBee implementations. It provides a low power, cost effective, reliable, WSN standard, which is suitable in radio frequency application that required low data rate and secure networking.

One of the applications for ZigBee specification is household energy monitoring, and it is commonly accomplished by using smart meter which transmit the
captured digital data in the ZigBee network. However, the board usage of analog rolling number type of utilities meters at the residential unit, the energy usage
information from this type of meter cannot be easily adapted to the ZigBee network.

This dissertation covers a research project aimed to develop a home power and water monitoring system, which adapts to the analog metering infrastructure and
communicates wirelessly in a ZigBee network. The purpose of this project was to make the energy usage information accessible through web interface.

The project is achieved by capturing the analog metering information with a camera module attached to the ZigBee modem at the remote sensor node, and the
consumption information, which is the data of the picture file, is transmitted wirelessly in the ZigBee network formed by a ZigBee application kit. A Rabbit processor, which is part of the application kit, accomplished the web interface function of the project. It is linked up with TCP/IP connection, and programmed to generate the web page, which provided the activation of image capturing of
the utilities meter in the monitoring system.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Kist, Alexander
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 07:17
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2013 07:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: wireless sensor network, household energy monitoring
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090605 Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4009 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware > 400999 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400899 Electrical engineering not elsewhere classified

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