BS in Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department
Design and build a proof of concept model demonstrating an application of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for use in a home or office lighting automation system. The system provides new means for reducing energy consumption through active light switching based on simplified location tracking. Often lighting systems use motion sensors and timers to determine when a person enters or leaves a room, but these platforms are based purely on motion meaning “no motion, no light.” The RFID based system utilizes medium range RFID readers and tags located at doorways or narrow passageways in the environment to provide a general location and direction an individual moves through the area. As an individual enters a room the lights adjust to their personal preference and the lights remain on only while the person is in the room. The system provides a higher level of functionality and control compared to the typical motion sensors most commonly used in controlled lighting environments. The RFID based system provides a very effective methodology for lighting control with only minor setbacks for real world application.