Remote aerial data acquisition and capture project (RADAC)

Parry, Aaron (2009) Remote aerial data acquisition and capture project (RADAC). [USQ Project]

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The RADAC Project encompasses the design and prototype
implementation of a system for low-cost aerial data sensor
acquisition. It includes a Ground Transponder Unit (GTU), and Aerial Interrogation System (AIS) mounted under an aircraft. The GTU captures and transmits water-meter readings; the AIS initiates’ measurements and processes and displays the results. The proposed system is based on RF devices in association with a small low-cost single chip camera and microcontrollers.
During a consultancy to a large Queensland government authority which has approximately 8000 water meters in regional and remote parts of the state. It was realised that considerable savings could be made in the management of water resources and human resources needed to read these at three month intervals.
This project will calculate the RF subsystem performance in terms of gain, beamwidth, return loss, bandwidth, and matching of the antenna into the RF transceiver device Design Executive Data Acquisition System and Design and implement Interrogation Microcontrollerand Design PCB for RF Transceiver and Design and calculate power usage and Power Supply design and calculate High-Gain Helical Antenna.
The solution based on using RF devices based on IEEE802.15.4 (IEEE 2006) in association with a small low cost single chip camera andmicrocontroller. Figure 1 shows the Block Diagram of the Ground Transponder Unit and symbolic AIS.
The potential saving in maintenance costs to industry by remotely taking measurements is significant enough to warrant furtherinvestigation with industry. There is the potential for its adaption in other resource sectors

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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)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 05:04
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2010 05:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: RADAC; aerial interrogation system; data acquisition ; data capture; ground transponder unit
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090606 Photonics and Electro-Optical Engineering (excl. Communications)
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4009 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware > 400909 Photonic and electro-optical devices, sensors and systems (excl. communications)
40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400608 Wireless communication systems and technologies (incl. microwave and millimetrewave)

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