Testing Version 2 of the RS-485 Shield

Yesterday I received the new PCBs for Fritzing for a RS-485 Shield that will work withe Arduino Due and Maple. This shield has headers to either plug in and XBee module or Electric Imp breakout board for wireless communications. I have tested the Rs-485 communications and all is working well. Next, I will test XBee and … Continue reading Testing Version 2 of the RS-485 Shield

AMPds: A Public Dataset for Load Disaggregation and Eco-Feedback Research

Last week I learnt that that my full co-authored (with co-author Fred Popowich,  Lyn Bartram, Bob Gill, and Ivan Bajic) paper "AMPds: A Public Dataset for Load Disaggregation and Eco-Feedback Research" was accepted at IEEE's Annual Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2013).  So I will be travelling to Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Canada. Here is the paper abstract: A home-based intelligent energy conservation system needs to … Continue reading AMPds: A Public Dataset for Load Disaggregation and Eco-Feedback Research

Inspiring Energy Conservation Through Open Source Power Monitoring and In-Home Display

I just learnt that that my full co-authored (with co-author Fred Popowich, TaeJin Moon, and Bob Gill) paper "Inspiring Energy Conservation Through Open Source Power Monitoring and In-Home Display" was accepted at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.  It will be held in Vancouver so I will not need to travel! Here is the paper abstract: Many homeowners and occupants are interested in … Continue reading Inspiring Energy Conservation Through Open Source Power Monitoring and In-Home Display

APMR Version 2.0 Released

Version 2.0 of the Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project is now released. APMR s an open source hardware and software project. APMR reads the power (W) and energy (Wh) readings of RS485/Modbus communicating power meters at a constant interval. Readings are recorded on an SD card and/or sent over the Internet using a HTTP … Continue reading APMR Version 2.0 Released

Arduino RTC Shield Schematic

I have now posted information on the Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project page on how I created the Arduino RTC (Real Time Clock) Shield I used. Related articles Arduino RFID shield on the Cloud (electronics-lab.com) Chrono-tomic shield helps your Arduino keep perfect time (hackaday.com) Review: Environmental Monitoring With Arduino (wired.com) Adafruit data logger, in … Continue reading Arduino RTC Shield Schematic

Arduino RS485 Shield Schematic

Well I have been too busy with course work 😦   ...but I  found some time to post up the schematic for the Arduino RS485 Shield I used for my Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project. Related articles Arduino (For beginners) (circuitstoday.com) Arduino weather-station to Internet bridge (hackaday.com) My first arduino shield project: "Wave Shield" (adafruit.com) … Continue reading Arduino RS485 Shield Schematic

Wiring and Arduino Update

Well I have been very busy with course work. I though I would post a quick update. I have finally finished reorganizing my wiring cabinet and I now have it jam-packed with all sort of equipment. As seen on the right. I also stated the Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project page which I will … Continue reading Wiring and Arduino Update

Modelling the smart home, sensor data

Today David Lindberg a fellow graduate student and colleague ask, "I need a better picture of the data you're receiving from the houses. Can you send me your database schema"? David will be looking at modelling tools and developing a model for the home. I though it might be a good idea to take some … Continue reading Modelling the smart home, sensor data

Security system working with mControl via NPort

So yesterday and today I spent time installing the NPort 5250A Serial to IP Server and hooking it up to my DSC security system. After the hardware was setup, I enabled the "DSC PS" driver in mControl Service Manager and configured it with the right IP address and port. Then I added a new device in mControl … Continue reading Security system working with mControl via NPort