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Sensors 2014, 14(8), 13794-13814; doi:10.3390/s140813794

A Practical Application Combining Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things: Safety Management System for Tower Crane Groups

School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, China
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Received: 21 March 2014 / Revised: 11 July 2014 / Accepted: 17 July 2014 / Published: 30 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things)
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Abstract

The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) has attracted increasing attention in the field of computer and information science. In this paper, a specific application of IoT, named Safety Management System for Tower Crane Groups (SMS-TC), is proposed for use in the construction industry field. The operating status of each tower crane was detected by a set of customized sensors, including horizontal and vertical position sensors for the trolley, angle sensors for the jib and load, tilt and wind speed sensors for the tower body. The sensor data is collected and processed by the Tower Crane Safety Terminal Equipment (TC-STE) installed in the driver’s operating room. Wireless communication between each TC-STE and the Local Monitoring Terminal (LMT) at the ground worksite were fulfilled through a Zigbee wireless network. LMT can share the status information of the whole group with each TC-STE, while the LMT records the real-time data and reports it to the Remote Supervision Platform (RSP) through General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). Based on the global status data of the whole group, an anti-collision algorithm was executed in each TC-STE to ensure the safety of each tower crane during construction. Remote supervision can be fulfilled using our client software installed on a personal computer (PC) or smartphone. SMS-TC could be considered as a promising practical application that combines a Wireless Sensor Network with the Internet of Things. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; wireless sensor network; safety management system; tower crane group; remote supervision Internet of Things; wireless sensor network; safety management system; tower crane group; remote supervision
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Zhong, D.; Lv, H.; Han, J.; Wei, Q. A Practical Application Combining Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things: Safety Management System for Tower Crane Groups. Sensors 2014, 14, 13794-13814.

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