We have been working on our design and solution for the problem of cold load pick-up. We have developed a design that we think will work using a microcontroller, potential transformers, current transformers and relays. We will of course have a solar panel to provide power to the system. We have ordered our parts and look forward to starting to put together our project.
Have you ever had difficulty finding a parking space in a crowded city? Have you ever noticed how much effort organizations put into monitoring parking areas to enforce parking passes? Hi, we are a senior design group from North Carolina State University and we are designing a system to automatically monitor parking decks for unauthorized vehicles.
The goal of our system is to be able to verify a parking pass on a vehicle in a parking deck on a per-spot basis. This system will detect the presence of a vehicle in a parking space, scan its parking pass, and send the parking pass data to a central server to verify the car’s parking pass.
This system has a few advantages over a traditional parking pass scanner at the entrance to a parking deck:
- The ability to allocate spots within a deck to different parking passes such as handicapped spaces or spaces designated for individuals
- No lines form at the entrance of a parking deck
- Central server has a live view of where vehicles are parked in a deck, in the future allowing this system to direct drivers to open spots
We are approaching this project as a method to automatically validate parking passes in a parking deck, but the data this system will collect will open up the possibility of using parking information to direct drivers to open parking spaces. How great would it be if someday your smart phone navigation software could direct you to the best available parking space at a shopping mall?
|Group Member||Primary Strengths|
|David Fleissner||Embedded system design|
|Michael Gagliardo||Software development|
|Ben Fussell||Electronics design|
|Ethan Haithcox||Power systems design|
The class is broken into teams and we’re supporting three projects! Look for the students to blog about them here this fall.
(1) Automatic Parking Lot Monitoring System: We will design a system that will detect the presence of a vehicle in a parking spot, determine the validity of its parking pass and report invalid parking information (location, spot number, and an image of the violating vehicle) wirelessly to a command and control interface which will be displayed to the operator.
(2)Smart Residential Breaker: We will design a smart residential breaker to minimizes cold load pick up to turn all loads off when the utility loses power and sequentially switch the loads upon power Restoration in a smart way.
(3) Smart Irrigation System: We will provide a proof of concept solution which improves upon existing residential irrigation systems by both maximizing effective irrigation and minimizing unnecessary water consumption through the use of feedback measuring water content within soil.
Students for a Smarter Planet (S4ASP) is thrilled to work again with NCSU. We know our award is put to good use, and hope that besides equipment or supplies some of it goes toward team building (AKA pizza and beer).
Our project was a great success!
Informational video can be seen here:
Special thanks to Wendy Murphy!
Are you aware that an estimated 70,000 pedestrians are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions each year? Most of these accidents occur because of limited driver visibility; however, our project is hoping to reduce that number.
The goal of our project is to develop a safer environment in areas of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Our design will be implemented through the use of a solar powered sensor network that is connected with a warning signal. Initially, the sensor system detects a moving vehicle and sends a signal to a receiver. The receiver then sends the signal to the warning sign, made up of a design of LEDs, which flash to warn any other moving objects that may not be able to see the initial car due to reduced/obstructed visibility.
This system could be adapted for use in areas such as parking decks, where the warning signs could be connected to form a network that would promote greater safety around areas of low visibility. The solar panels could be installed on the top or sides of the parking deck and could generate all the power necessary for the network of sensing devices and warning signs.