1st International Conference on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems

Research Article

Work-In-Progress: Industry-Friendly and Native-IP Wireless Communications for Building Automation

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.iniscom.2015.258563,
        author={zhibo pang and Yuxin Cheng and Morgan E. Johansson and Gargi Bag},
        title={Work-In-Progress: Industry-Friendly and Native-IP Wireless Communications for Building Automation},
        proceedings={1st International Conference on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={INISCOM},
        year={2015},
        month={4},
        keywords={fog-of-things (fot) wireless sensor andactuator networks (wsan) 6lowpan native ip connectivity (nip); wireless building automation (wiba)},
        doi={10.4108/icst.iniscom.2015.258563}
    }
    
  • zhibo pang
    Yuxin Cheng
    Morgan E. Johansson
    Gargi Bag
    Year: 2015
    Work-In-Progress: Industry-Friendly and Native-IP Wireless Communications for Building Automation
    INISCOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.iniscom.2015.258563
zhibo pang1,*, Yuxin Cheng2, Morgan E. Johansson1, Gargi Bag1
  • 1: Corporate Research, ABB AB, Västerås, Sweden
  • 2: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
*Contact email: pang.zhibo@se.abb.com

Abstract

Wireless communication technologies for building automation (BA) systems are evolving towards native IP connectivity. More Industry Friendly and Native-IP Wireless Building Automation (IF-NIP WiBA) is needed to address the concerns of the entire value chain of the BA industry including the security, reliability, latency, power consumption, engineering process, and independency. In this paper, the vision, requirements, and gaps of existing efforts are reviewed first. Then a hybrid architecture which can seamless support both Cloud-Based Mode and Stand-Alone Mode is introduced based on the 6LoWPAN WSAN (wireless sensor and actuator networks) technology and verified by a prototyping minimal system. The preliminary experimental results suggest that, 1) both the WSAN and Cloud communications can meet the requirements of non-real-time application of BA systems, 2) the reliability and latency of the WSAN communications is not sufficient for soft real-time applications but it is not far away to meet such requirements by sufficient optimization in the near future, 3) the reliability of Cloud is pretty sufficient but the latency is quite far from the requirement of soft real-time applications. To optimize the latency and power consumption in WSAN, design industrial friendly engineering process, and investigate security mechanisms should be the main focus in the future.