Industrial wireless network mapping

Lumsden, Glenn (2015) Industrial wireless network mapping. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Wireless network mapping is the process of displaying quality and performance information related to wireless access points over a relational map. As business systems utilising wireless technologies demand sufficient coverage and performance of their networks under all conditions, it is important to continue to study new methods to monitor wireless networks to detect emerging deficiencies to reduce negative business impacts. The project aims to develop a system that utilises client infrastructure to capture and forward wireless network quality with global positioning system (GPS) coordinates for use in open cut mining activities.

Whilst commercial Wi-Fi mapping software exists, some use information from the access points (AP) to estimate the coverage and other quality factors. Whilst this can be live information it cannot provide suitable information about the network as seen by clients on the network. Others methods employ a technique known as war-driving that can map GPS and Wi-Fi data at a client level but only producing a snap shot in time. This project is developing software allowing clients on a wireless network to report Wi-Fi and GPS information back to a centrally located server for live analysis and reporting.

The project employed researching existing techniques and coding for gathering GPS telemetry and Wi-Fi data including data storage methods. Research provided access to code and methods that have been tested and critiqued. The system has been conceptualised and alternative programming languages and database programs compared. A trial system has been designed and tested to retrieve available Wi-Fi information with GPS telemetry, storing the data in a local database to be installed on existing computing hardware on mining vehicles. A remote/central database has been developed and tested in conjunction with the client application to receive the information buffered on the network clients.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering project
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Supervisors: Kist, Alexander
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 04:21
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wireless, Networking, GPS
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29284

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