Sensor networks in future smart rotating buildings



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Jaafar, K. & Watfa, M. 2013, 'Sensor networks in future smart rotating buildings', 2013 CCNC: IEEE 10th Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, IEEE, IEEE Xplore, pp. 962-967.


The advances in computer science and structural designs are deeply intertwined. Rising energy costs and a growing green movement are driving the adoption of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for building automation. While previous WSN products have been applied in a variety of smart applications including supply chains and industrial applications, a cross industry effort between civil engineers and network engineers is underway to unify sensor networks with construction management that will simplify development, attract new entrants, and encourage innovation. With the prospect of installing sensors almost anywhere, buildings can optimize their energy consumption, improve safety and security, and reduce operating expenses. We model a sensor node as a replacement of a solar panel. A significant efficiency increase of solar energy gains can only be obtained by optimal exposure of the panels to sunlight. In this paper, we propose a system that controls the movement of rotating buildings in order to optimize the energy gained by the use of solar panels installed both on the building rooftop horizontally and on the sides of the building vertically. 2013 IEEE.

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