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IoT - Remote monitoring of public electric circuits

Brisbane City Council

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Open Posted: 14 Dec 18. Closes: 21 Jan 19 Available: Semester 1 (Feb - Jun)

Semester 1 2019 project

This project will suit a final year Electrical / Electronics Engineering student - with an interest in Internet of Things, programming microprocessors (see full list of requirements below).

Enrolment will be in final year thesis / Masters project - Sem 1 2019. 

The successful applicant will receive a $3,000 scholarship + academic credit - thesis project enrolment (24cps-QUT, 4units - UQ, 2units - USQ).

APPLICANTS NOTE - you must be available to work on this project 3 days / week during Semester 1 2019 (working around your lecture timetable for Sem1). This project will be your final year thesis / Masters project topic - enrolment/assessment in Semester 1 2019.

APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE (in your CV): student ID number, your unofficial academic transcript/s on final pages of your CV, including Semester 2 subject list (and results). 

Location: Stafford QLD
Category: Electrical Engineering

Project Background / Description

The main issue in summary is:

A project was completed by a CEED student in Semester 2 2018 to investigate nuisance tripping related to surge protection and earth leakage or residual current circuit protection in lighting circuits.

The project also investigated the development of a proof of concept – remote monitoring assembly of electronics and sensors so as to remotely monitor the correct functioning of electric circuits.

Parameters such as: supply voltage, load voltage, load current, and earth leakage were intended to be measured and monitored.

This project will deploy the remote monitoring electronics, which have already been developed. The sensor electronics will transmit measurement data via a new “Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network” called “LoRaWAN”.

As well as deployment of the remote sensor electronics, an integral part of the project will be to develop the communication channels of the data from the LoRaWAN network into the “Things” network (a public internet network used for handling and disseminating IoT sensor data).

The data is then sent from the “Things” network into Microsoft Azure as a cloud database for our sensor data.

The data collected is then displayed using PowerBI dashboards.

BCC are also in discussions with an Australian company for the development of a product that will fulfil the remote monitoring function as an off-the-shelf product.


Construction is part of the Field Services group of Brisbane City Council.

Construction delivers an extensive range of high quality specialist services in the areas of infrastructure, stormwater drainage, bridge maintenance, transport network technologies, trades and land remediation.

Construction Branch consists of six business units with a total of approximately 500 staff: 

  • Civil Infrastructure Services;
  • Contracts and Structures Services;
  • Planning Services; Technical Services;
  • Trade Services;
  • Traffic Network Services

The main business units involved with this project are: 

  • Technical Services – Electrical Compliance area.
  • Traffic Network Services.

Traffic Network Services:

Traffic Network Services (TNS) installs and maintains traffic signals and intelligent transport systems which includes traffic CCTV, variable message signs, fibre optic cabling and the traffic signals data network. TNS installs street and bike path lighting throughout Brisbane, TNS manages and operates the 'on street' parking meters for Council’s fleet of 1000+ parking meters.

Technical Services:

Technical Services has four highly specialised teams: Project Planning, Survey and Services Locations, Electrical Compliance and Land Remediation.

The Electrical Compliance team lead Field Services in electrical safety awareness, actively audit Brisbane City Council's electrical assets and provide business intelligence reporting

Another other area of Construction that will have involvement is:

Trade Services:

Trade Services has trade teams covering plumbing, electrical, painting and carpentry and cabinet making, and carry out a range of reactive and programmed maintenance activities on Council facilities and as well as some minor projects.

Other areas of Council which may also be involved are: City Lighting, Lighting Design, and Electrical Safety Group.

Objectives / Tasks / Project Outcomes

  • Install the remote sensing electronics assembly:
    • It is anticipated this will require some programming or at least modification of existing code.
    • May also require some repackaging of the electronics assembly already developed,
    • May also require research and purchase of different sensor components for trial.

  • Connect remote electronic sensors assembly to the LoRaWAN network.

  • Connect data from LoRaWAN network into the Things network.

  • Connect data from Things network into Council’s Microsoft Azure cloud database.

  • Develop Dashboards to display the collected data using Power BI. The Dashboard needs to:
    • Display alarms
    • Show current reading. Real time since last poll.
    • Chart trends and history
    • Allow for querying and filtering the data
    • Show location of the deployed device.

  • We are also in discussion with an Australia company that develops and manufactures remote electrical monitoring equipment.
    • We anticipate that we will also have remote electronic monitoring products or test electronic assemblies to trial.
    • We anticipate that there may be additional deployments of this equipment as part of this project.

Skills / Experience Required

  • Electrical / Electronic Engineering knowledge, with an interest / knowledge in these areas:
    • Programming microprocessors
    • Putting together electronic subassemblies into a functioning deployable final assembly
    • Soldering and assembling printed circuit boards, if required
    • Internet of Things
    • Remote sensing
    • Internet data transfers
    • Dashboarding and displaying data.
    • Occasionally working in the field.

  • Good problem solving skills

  • Ability to work well in a team; as well as independently

  • Very good oral and written communication skills

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