Dissertation: Wireless and unnoticeable electronics will be a part of everyday life in the future

Posted on 28/11/17.

Heikki Palomäki

According to the doctoral dissertation of Heikki Palomäki in the field of information technology, the small wireless buttons will be part of our future when the everyday routines of the living require new intelligent flexible and reliable solutions for example for the supervision of children in the day-care centres.

– The amount of intelligent functioning electronics increases around us and it brings new demands for the implementation, Palomäki says.

The electronics should be an unnoticeable and reliable addition in our safe and fluent life routines, as well as in the fault tolerant solutions of the automation. This requires flexible data transfer and new features, which are not always possible, when using the existing wireless standards. The successful product development means searching of new methods when looking for intelligently behaving and flexible technology.

The reliability will rise to a new level when the small wireless buttons behave nearly independently exchanging information, observing their environment and adapting to different situations also in the possible fault cases.

Palomäki hopes that the development of the wireless technology would be oriented to a more open direction where every expert could develop new products using the development resources of the others and offer their own work results to the others. This way it would be possible – even for the small companies and private persons - to carry out simple and advantageous but intelligent solutions for the new challenges of the environment.

Simulation

Palomäki has simulated different positioning methods, data routing in the network and for example the calibration of the excavator setup using simple methods and, among others, neurocomputing. In addition, the students at University of Applied Sciences of Seinäjoki have been assisting in programming and testing of the simulation.

Practical experiments

As a part of the research, very small and a low-power wireless buttons were developed for various applications. Using this technology, different network solutions and several simulated methods were tested in practice. Student team carried out the calibration of the excavator using neurocomputing; it was a successful test. The functionality of the RF buttons also was tested on the blades of the windmill, in cow monitoring in the cattle house and sensor network application in greenhouse.

Many possibilities

There will be many new application possibilities in the future using small, simple but intelligent wireless buttons, Palomäki mentions. Persons with dementia or children can be controlled unnoticed and safely. Wireless technique brings more interest and control ability to various exercises and games. The distributed automation can be carried out very fault tolerant with simple wireless modules. By using wireless buttons, it is possible to follow moving of products on the production line or to control game tool renting in an automatic rental system.

Further information

Heikki Palomäki, tel. +358 40 830 7483, email: heikki.palomaki(ät)seamk.fi

Palomäki, Heikki (2017) Wireless Distributed Intelligence in Personal Applications. Acta Wasaensia 393. Vaasan yliopisto. University of Vaasa.

Publication pdf: /materiaali/pdf/isbn_978-952-476-787-3.pdf
Publication orders: https://verkkokauppa.juvenes.fi/kategoria/318/vaasan-yliopisto

Public defence

The public examination of Lic.Sc. (Tech.)  Heikki Palomäki´s dissertation in the field of Telecommunication engineering ”Wireless Distributed Intelligence in Personal Applications” will be held on Monday, 4th December 2017  at 12 o’clock in lecture room F141 (Fabriikki).

Dr. Ali Hazmi (Huawei Oy Finland) will act as an opponent and professor Mohammed Elmusrati as a custos.

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