Exploring wireless sensing solutions for condition, energy and media flow monitoring
Wireless sensing is considered a key technology for Smart Production and Industry 4.0 and can be used for many applications, such as condition, energy, and media flow monitoring (CM, EM and MM, respectively). Compared to wired sensing, wireless solutions can provide the required versatility for future production. However, there is still room for improvement in terms of costs, reliability, security, usability, autarkic operation and seamless integration into factory automation.
OptiMon was an exploratory project that aimed to investigate novel wireless sensing solutions for condition, energy and media flow monitoring. The project encompassed a state-of-the-art analysis, use case development, stakeholder and requirements analysis (including expert interviews and an online survey), the investigation of the economic framework conditions (market, competitors, cost-benefit analysis), and the development of technical concepts for novel wireless sensor networks for CM, EM and MM. The concepts were analysed using a SWOT matrix in order to take into account the economic framework conditions. Through the analysis, potential for innovating novel WSNs could be identified and was set as a project objective. The results were R&D project ideas for developing novel WSNs for CM, EM and MM in harsh industrial environments.
Based on the results, proposals for new projects were submitted and together with the OptiMon project partners and the industry, they were prepared within the framework of national subsidies. One project proposal is currently being prepared and another has already been submitted to the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Another project that was proposed based on OptiMon’s findings is called UWB4Industry and will start in the first quarter of 2018. For more information, please click here.