To really understand the Internet of Things (IoT) requires application, implementation, and execution in the real world. IEEE IoT recently launched a program to provide the IoT community an interactive platform on which to engage with use cases, service descriptions, business models, and reference implementations that will be key to developing a vibrant IoT industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to contribute to the IoT cause, as well as get excellent exposure for your projects and ideas.
Energy - Frequency Detector
- smart grid, distributed frequency monitoring
- In the US the power grid frequency is 60 +/- 0.05 Hz. That accuracy is sufficient to be the time basis for ordinary clocks. A IoT device that plugs in to the ordinary electric outlet, and sends a message if the frequency is out of this range, could be a simple widely distributed end-point sensor network for grid problems. While it is not quite a miniature Phasor Measurement Unit, it would provide useful information when aggregated. In it's setup mode you enter your electric company account number from your bill, so it wouldn't need a GPS. Just the text message time stamp would be close enough for event time, and the location could be looked up from the account number. Many smart meters already have this capability. Credit for the underlying idea goes to the Grid Friendly Appliance Project at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Lab. See