Accession Number:

ADA457285

Title:

Shipboard Wireless Sensor Networks Utilizing Zigbee Technology

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

This thesis studies the feasibility of utilizing Zigbee standard devices to create a shipboard wireless sensor network. Two primary methods were used to demonstrate feasibility. The first method demonstrated initial feasibility using a series of laboratory tests. The tests included range, reliability, and a battery life tests. In the second portion, a prototype pressure sensor was created by matching reliable low power pressure transducer to a Zigbee enabled mote via an integrated DAQ unit. Supporting software was generated using LabVIEW 6.0 to act as a server program and allow a remote Integrated Condition Assessment System ICAS program workstation to log-in via a TCPIP connection and monitor sensor data. The expected contribution from the research effort would be a completely wireless sensor network which would result in a net savings in man hours required to maintain and monitor. The sensor network would be reliable, relatively inexpensive and entirely COTS available. With an extended battery life of 18 to 24 months, even the battery replacement could be fit into a standard annual or bi-annual PMS cycle, minimizing the workload to maintain. Initial feasibility testing completed satisfactorily and the prototype sensor was successfully created and integrated to interface with the existing sensor infrastructure.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE