Firefly Sensor Demonstration


Publication Date: September 11, 2012

“In every control system, from manufacturing to automobiles, sensing is a critical component to accurate and reliable control. Building control systems are quickly advancing to the level of complexity found in manufacturing systems, however this has mostly been limited to advanced modeling and control. While modeling can create a control methodology for a system with known variables, modeling will not serve completely to predict changing external microclimates, building degradation, irregular weather patterns, and other disturbances. With advanced sensing and communications, control algorithms can not only become more robust but also respond and stabilize significantly more quickly than open loop control systems. As Lord Kelvin said, ‘If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.’ ”

Consortium Member(s): The Pennsylvania State University,University of Pennsylvania

Project contact: Alon Abramson

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