European Project Semester | IHK
Spring 2009

version: (English version only) Last Update the 28-06-2009

Sensors as building blocks for intelligent environments
Keywords: Wireless sensor network, Network Simulation, Matlab, EPS, European Project Semester

Introduction | Description | Project Brief | Project team | Supervisor | Company | Advancement | Links

Introduction :

The recent years have brought a new generation of wireless sensor based systems. One example of such a system is the so called “Smart Dust” family of Wireless Sensor Networks, originally developed at Berkeley University but now commercially available, among others, through the company Crossbow Technology Inc., San José, CA,

Description :

This project is based on a wireless sensor network consisting of a base station and a selection of mobile units, called motes, which contain, among others, sensors for temperature and light and a buzz unit for generation of sound. The motes communicate wirelessly with each other and the base station, and can form different types of networks.

The objective of the project is to demonstrate the use of the light and temperature sensors as building blocks for a so called intelligent environment, where the same sensors, can be used for different functions in the system.

Project brief (February 2nd to June 18th):

The objective of the project is the design of an application of a wireless sensor network, targeting the area of intelligent environments, tracking persons passage of a corridor or persons entering/leaving a room. This is combined with the application of temperature measurements for detecting changes in the environment, such as opening of windows and doors.

The project is initiated through a study of the overall wireless sensor network, which includes the processing path from sensors, through analog/digital (A/D) converters to microcontroller, further through a radio communication unit and from that wirelessly to the base station connected to a standard PC Windows environment. This initial study is followed by a detailed study of the light detector and the thermometer available on each wireless sensor network mote.

Different methods for tracking a persons passage of an environment, using light detectors are investigated and verified through experiments. The application is mainly programmed in Matlab, possibly supported by C/C++ or Java.

Project team :

First Name, Last Name Email
Diego Léon Álvarez
Suk Min Hong
Katarzyna Kaczmarek

Supervisor :

Supervisor First Name, Last Name Email
Contact person John Aa. Sørensen, assoc. prof.
Project academic supervisor John Aa. Sørensen, assoc. prof.
Project academic coordinator Roger Munck-Fairwood

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Advancement :

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