NSMG-Net Project Leader, Julian Meng, University of New Brunswick is developing a compact sensor node. The Zigbee sensor node, in a weather-proof housing with battery, is capable of wireless boot-loading to allow for reconfiguration of the node’s function. The internal and external sensors can be used for temperature, vibration, current, pressure and humidity through an I²C interface, which allows for the flexibility of later add-ons. The node will offer magnetic mounts to allow for deployment almost anywhere.
Initial testing has seen the survival of the node under New Brunswick winter weather conditions for a few days. Further testing both indoors and outdoors under varying weather conditions will be conducted.
This sensor node will be able to accommodate innovations produced by other researchers in the network’s Communication and Information Technology research theme. Sensors such as these are vital for communicating real-time environmental data within a microgrid, for both regular monitoring and in case of emergency islanding.