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WIBRATE - Wireless, Self-Powered Vibration Monitoring and Control for Complex Industrial Systems

Project Number: 289041
Project Manager: Prof. dr. Paul Havinga
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science - EEMCS
Tel: +31 53 4894619
E-mail: havinga@cs.utwente.nl

Project website: WIBRATE

iBRATE: Wireless Self-Powered Vibration Monitoring and Control for Complex Industrial Systems


WiBRATE explores new paradigms for developing innovative strategies for wirelessly monitoring and controlling vibration using a network of intelligent embedded devices that power themselves using harvested vibration energy. The project contributes directly to strengthening the European market in several key sectors such as quality control systems, safety systems, wireless communication and industrial automation and control systems. WiBRATE makes concrete progress beyond the state of the art in the following specific areas:

  • System-of-systems engineering (SoSE)
  • Real-time vibration analysis and control
• Distributed and cooperative networked control strategies
  • Intelligent actuators
  • Robust, real-time wireless communication in harsh industrial environments
  • Vibration-based energy harvesting for sensing, control, actuation and communication

WiBRATE defines new SoSE techniques to help create a synergy between individual complex systems (e.g. sensors, actuators, communication networks, energy harvesters, etc.) to ensure optimal operation of the overall vibration monitoring and control system. Using self-learning and distributed strategies, WiBRATE allows intelligent nodes to collaboratively analyse vibration signatures and perform autonomous cooperative networked control. Control operations are supported by WiBRATE’s unique ultra-low power Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) based technology that allows robust, real-time wireless communication even in harsh industrial environments. Moreover, intelligent actuators powered by vibration-based energy harvesters allow WiBRATE to present a completely wireless and flexible solution.
The five industrial and two academic partners in WiBRATE demonstrate the viability of their techniques using case studies in the automotive manufacturing, aerospace and railway industries. The academic partners
also take important steps to help enhance Europe’s educational and training activities in systems and control engineering.
In addition, WiBRATE also includes an external advisory board made up of distinguished researchers from around the world (USA, The Netherlands and Singapore) who are internationally renowned for their knowledge and experience in System-of-systems engineering, embedded systems and wireless communication and control.

Project duration: 1-11-2011 / 1-11-2014
Project budget: 4.2 M-€ / 2.85 M-€ funding
Number of person/months: 383.5 person months 
Project Coordinator: UT
Participants: UT, Inertia Technology B.V., Centro Ricerche FIAT S.S.p.A., Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab Pvt. Ltd., LMS International NV, Università della Svizzera italiana – AlaRI, Perpetuum Ltd., Perpetuum Ltd. 
Project budget CTIT: 1.4 M-€ / 976 k-€ funding
Number of person/years CTIT: 118.5 person months
Involved groups: Pervasive Systems (PS), Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming (DMMP)
CTIT Research Centre:
Centre for Wireless and Sensor Systems