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Smart city street lighting system: An engineering internship at Eco-FX LED

Sri Kantha, Janarthan (2015) Smart city street lighting system: An engineering internship at Eco-FX LED. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This final year honours thesis project was undertaken with Eco-FX; it involved consulting, designing and developing their new Smart City Street Lighting System.

Smart Street Lighting utilises wireless control and monitoring to produce a more energy efficient and sustainable street light system. Previously, the technology and the wider community were obstacles in its development; presently with advancement in wireless low data rate protocols and support from the Western Australian Local Government Association, the development of the system is approaching its completion.

To consult on the design and development for this project required vast amounts of research about the existing lighting technologies, public utilities and low data rate wireless protocols. The methodology was to research and evaluate all protocol and hardware technologies available. These technology options were presented to the relevant stakeholders for discussion; and then the final design specification was approved.

The ZigBee protocol met final design specifications and requirements for Eco-FX; therefore the ZigBee Alliance was contacted to find the best approach in designing to their standard. After the guidance from the ZigBee Alliance, more research was conducted on the hardware and the services required for implementing the Smart City Street Light System.

The final stage in the project was finding manufacturers and designers for the required hardware and software to develop the system in China. The previous research and evaluation provided guidance in specifying to the manufacturer and designer all the critical features required by Eco-FX in the system; and ensured all Australian and international standards were met in the manufacturing and designing process.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Cole, Graeme
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