Computer Engineering Department
BS in Computer Engineering
This project implements an automated temperature monitoring system for wine fermentation which is affordable, easy to use, and scalable to typical small winery setups. To realize these requirements, we implemented the system as a wireless sensor network utilizing commercial off-the-shelf hardware. Temperature and system diagnostic information is communicated wirelessly in a peer-to-peer network topology such that all information flows toward an aggregating server. The server makes the temperature information available over the Internet via a web application and alerts the winemaker by email when the temperature has left acceptable bounds that the winemaker may configure. This project also involved materials selection and enclosure design performed cooperatively by or with a materials engineering student, which we briefly discuss. However, we focus mainly on the design, implementation, and assessment of the system’s electronics, software, and network protocols.