Title: iPower: an energy conservation system for intelligent buildings by wireless sensor networks

Authors: Lun-Wu Yeh, You-Chiun Wang, Yu-Chee Tseng

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu 30010, Taiwan. ' Department of Computer Science, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu 30010, Taiwan. ' Department of Computer Science, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu 30010, Taiwan

Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) provide a convenient way to monitor the physical environment. Exploiting the context-aware capability of WSN to achieve energy conservation in intelligent buildings is an attractive direction. We thus propose an iPower (intelligent and personalised energy conservation system by WSNs) system which combines WSNs and appliance control devices to provide personalised energy conservation services. A WSN is deployed in each room to monitor the usage of electric appliances and to help determine if there are electric appliances that can be turned off for energy conservation. The iPower system is quite intelligent and can adapt to personal need by automatically adjusting electric appliances to satisfy users| requirements. The design and implementation details of iPower are reported in this paper.

Keywords: context awareness; personalised energy conservation; wireless sensor networks; WSNs; smart environments; appliance control; wireless communications; wireless networks; intelligent buildings; electrical appliances.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2009.023311

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2009 Vol.5 No.1, pp.1 - 10

Available online: 18 Feb 2009 *

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