Our initial post and project introduction can be found here:
Design Day was a success! By the end of one semester we met all of our initial goals and we think the end result looks very clean and professional. Here is an image of what the final build looked like:
The main functionality of our parking monitor is:
- Vehicle detection
- Parking pass validation
- Ability to take picture of parking space
- Visual feedback to driver
- WiFi interface to command center
- Solar powered
Here is a slide show of our project that we made for Design Day. At the end of the slide show is a video of the monitor working in a parking deck.
We got a working prototype of our Smart Irrigation system ready for Design Day. We were able to get the sensors to read soil saturation levels of different zones (represented with different potted plants), and then have our microprocessor compute an appropriate amount of time to irrigate each zone. We learned a lot about pcb design, embedded systems and way more about soil science than we ever thought we would!
Throughout the semester we worked on our project and we are very happy to announce that it works. We ran into a couple snags with the design however we were able to work them out. We have a system that turns the breaker on and off in your house when it detects a power outage. The micro-controller is able to control everything and we have a screen to display data. We of course incorporated a solar panel to charge the batteries for the micro-controller to allow it to function even in a long power outage.
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|