Title

A Visualization Platform for Internet of Things in Manufacturing Applications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2016

Publication Source

Internet Research

Volume

26

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

377-401

DOI

10.1108/IntR-02-2014-0043

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

ISBN/ISSN

10662243

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a visualization platform to control and monitor wireless sensor networks (WSNs) inmanufacturing applications. Design/methodology/approach – To make the platform flexible and versatile, a modular framework is adopted inmodeling and visualizing WSNs. The Eclipse programming environment is used to maximize the scalability and adaptability of the platform. A set of the core functional modules have been designed and implemented to support the system operation. The platform is validated through a case study simulation. Findings – The platform is capable of accommodating different operating systems such as Windows and Linux. It allows integrating new plug-ins developed in various languages such as Java, C, C++, and Matlab. The Graphic User Interface has been applied to process and visualize the acquired real-time data from a WSN, and the embodied methodologies can be used to predict the behaviors of objects in the network. Research limitations/implications – The work has shown the feasibility and potential of the proposed platform in improving the real-time performance of WSN. However, the number of the developed functional modules is limited, and additional effort is required to develop sophisticated functional modules or sub-systems for a customized application. Practical implications – The platform can be applied to monitor and visualize various WSN applicationsin manufacturing environments such as automated workcells, transportation systems, logistic, and storage systems. Originality/value – The work is motivated by the scarce research on the development tools for monitoring and visualization of WSNs in manufacturing applications. The proposed platform serves for both of system developers and users. It is modularized with a set of core functional modules; it can be extended to accommodate new functional modules with a minimal effort for a different application.

Keywords

Algorithms, Applications software, Internet, IT, System design

Disciplines

Engineering

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