Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Advisor

Parkerson, James Patrick

Reader

Banerjee, Nilanjan

Second Reader

Andrews, David

Abstract

This thesis introduces the idea of a low-power Wi-Fi sensing wake-up controller for an emergency communications mesh network, progressively developing a prototype system which could be used in a live environment. Wireless network protocols are reviewed, as well as a limited view of cluster analysis, in order to introduce relevant concepts crucial to understanding this thesis. Algorithms for system implementation are developed, and pseudocode, designed to be configurable and platform independent, is given for each. Design goals for the system are identified with potential approaches are defined in order to optimize for each. An example hardware configuration is given, in conjunction with analysis of benefits and drawbacks of several design options. Finally, the prototype is tested according to design goals in order to prove its feasibility. The results demonstrate that the prototype meets the proposed design goals.

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