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University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Details Findings in Sensor Research

May 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Researchers detail new data in Sensor Research. According to news reporting originating from Reggio Emilia, Italy, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "In this paper, a low-cost solution to identify the relative positioning of articulated systems in the free space is presented. To prove the effectiveness of the proposed solution, the system has been applied to a real case study of a tractor connected with a baler."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, "Differently from other solutions, the implemented system can monitor the working conditions of the whole machinery while warning the driver when the machinery gets into a dangerous situation. The system is comprised of two wireless devices called Wireless Master Device (WMD) and Wireless End Device (WED) installed on the tractor and on the baler, respectively. To identify instantaneously the dangerous working conditions, each of the two wireless devices exploits a MEMS inertial sensor measuring 3-D linear accelerations and 3-D magnetic fields components integrated in the devices. Very low power consumption has been obtained by exploiting a hardware-software codesign approach implementing an optimized algorithm combined with a smart task manager."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Furthermore, a vibrational energy harvester has been designed and integrated on the WED in order to make the device autonomous from an energetic point of view."

For more information on this research see: Optimized Energy-Aware Wireless System for Identification of the Relative Positioning of Articulated Systems in the Free Space. IEEE Sensors Journal, 2014;14(5):1682-1692. IEEE Sensors Journal can be contacted at: Ieee-Inst Electrical Electronics Engineers Inc, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855-4141, USA. (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -; IEEE Sensors Journal -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Bertacchini, Univ Modena & Reggio Emilia, Dept. of Engn Enzo Ferrari, I-41100 Reggio Emilia, Italy. Additional authors for this research include G. Napoletano, D. Dondi, L. Larcher and P. Pavan.

Keywords for this news article include: Italy, Europe, Reggio Emilia, Sensor Research

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