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Integrating an agent-based wireless sensor network within an existing multi-agent condition monitoring system

Baker, P.C. and Catterson, V.M. and McArthur, S.D.J. (2009) Integrating an agent-based wireless sensor network within an existing multi-agent condition monitoring system. In: 2009 15th International Conference on Intelligent System Applications to Power Systems, 2009-11-08 - 2009-11-12.

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Abstract

The use of wireless sensor networks for condition monitoring is gaining ground across all sectors of industry, and while their use for power engineering applications has yet been limited, they represent a viable platform for next-generation substation condition monitoring systems. For engineers to fully benefit from this new approach to condition monitoring, new sensor data must be incorporated into a single integrated system. This paper proposes the integration of an agent-based wireless sensor network with an existing agent-based condition monitoring system. It demonstrates that multi-agent systems can be extended down to the sensor level while considering the reduced energy availability of low-power embedded devices. A novel agent-based approach to data translation is presented, which is demonstrated through two case studies: a lab-based temperature and vibration monitoring system, and a proposal to integrate a wireless sensor network to an existing technology demonstrator deployed in a substation in the UK.