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April 30th, 2014

Hello there, as we progressed during the early hours, we emerged to say that it is convenient to know that a device is smart enough to isolate power on a power outlet based on user preference and perform real life switching of electrical appliances, and also more enlightening when this device can efficiently perform that task over an ad-hoc network. During this period, we have effortlessly put together various components of the electric power outlet monitoring and wireless sensor network circuit involving;
ADE 7751(metering IC), PIC16F819 microcontroller, The XBee radio and XBee breakout board.
This would provide an ease of access for controllability, thus, low data rate wireless communication with high precision ranging and localization by employing ultra wide band technologies for a low power and low cost solution. Moreover, it involves wireless radio connections on every power outlet for transmission of power consumptions, light and temperature data. This data is received by the receiver radio at the gateway and then stores it in a log, which is further transmitted to the android device.
The android app would be programmed using java with eclipse as the development platform. This android mobile app will be used to display the total power consumed in the building in addition to enabling the user monitor and control power usage remotely over an ad-hoc network or the internet. Subsequently, we would provide updates on the progress made as we keep speculating, studying, designing and creating. Be sure to keep tabs on us.

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April 29th, 2014

[[Before reading this article, I recommend that to read our introduction article in this link]]

Nowadays, the usage of mobile devices is increasing day by day and all systems which aims to the end users began to be developed on mobile platforms. Users connect and use our mobile application on mobile devices so that we care about user phone interaction.

There are separate interface features for each mobile device which has various operating systems (Android,Windows Phone , iOS). If the project is prepared for three different platforms within these specifications by re-shaping, this situation forms a negative diversity for both developers and users.

At this point, the Worklight of IBM which gives us opportunity to develop Hybrid APP in our project is activated. All users who has any of 3 mobile operating systems can easily provide their operations with equal features on the system that we have developed with worklight.

In our project, we have met our dynamic web page operations with user by preparing a hybrid atmosphere with Worklight. Some of these are user registration and to supply an emergency blood with your GPS position.

We avoid to create multiple interface designs and codings which prevent stable and same interfaces applications by virtue of Worklight. We had exactly same interfaces for different mobile platforms with Worklight.

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My name is Morgan Abbett and I a fourth-year undergraduate and first-year Masters student in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Five fellow Stanford graduate students and I have teamed up on a project through Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) to collaborate with various partners to design a computer technology center at Parkwood Primary School in Cape Town, South Africa. Parkwood Primary is a resource-limited government school for young learners in the Grassy Park township. Our partner organizations – iExperience, a technology education academy in Cape Town; Bottomup, an education-focused NGO operating in Cape Town; and Parkwood Primary School – are committed to improving computer literacy at Parkwood Primary and in the larger community. The technology center will achieve these goals by providing students and community members access to computers and classes in a secure, beautiful space in which the Parkwood community can take pride.

The Stanford ESW team began work on this project in January 2014 and aims to produce a conceptual design package by early May 2014 and a schematic design package by June 2014. Posts with more details on our progress up to this point are forthcoming.

In June, a team member and I will travel to Cape Town to continue to develop the project on the ground with our partner organizations. The Stanford ESW team is honored to receive support from IBM Students for a Smarter Planet that will make our upcoming travel and in-country partner collaboration possible. Look forward to weekly updates from me and my team, and please comment with any suggestions, contacts, and general interest.

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Students Consulting for Non-Profits (SCNO) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been a partner with Students for a Smarter Planet for the 2013-2014 school year. SCNO is a national organization of undergraduate student-led consultant groups that provide pro-bono consulting to local non-profits. The SCNO at UIC chapter was formed in the fall of 2012. SCNO projects typically include various business aspects such as marketing, fundraising, organizational strategy, and finance.

SCNO at UIC first partnered with Students for a Smarter Planet to support a financial analysis and strategy plan for a small non-profit based in Chicago called Community Building Tutors (CBT). CBT provides free after-school tutoring and programming to Chicago Public School students and focuses on positive character development and social-emotional learning. The organization was founded in 2004 and relies primarily on donations to cover its operating expenses. Due to this, its funding has been cyclical over time and maintaining stable operations has been a challenge for the organization.

Thus, a team of SCNO at UIC consultants worked with CBT to complete an analysis of its budgets since its inception in 2004 as well as financial projections for the next 5-10 years. CBT has plans to expand throughout the Midwest and nation within the next 5-10 years in order to have a greater impact on urban students. In doing so, it’s imperative for CBT to know the level of funding required to fuel this growth. The final scope of the project included an analysis of CBT’s past operations, financial projections for expansion, and overall recommendations in terms of securing funding and expanding the organization strategically.

In addition to the CBT project, Students for a Smarter Planet also supported an additional three projects with different non-profits in the fall semester and is currently supporting three new projects this semester. This semester’s projects will be wrapping up within the next few weeks, stay tuned for updates on those!

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Some of our award winners were at the Engineers for a Sustainable World conference last week.  We took a couple photos.

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