Sending SMS from No Signal Area – Electronics Mini Project

Hi friends, in previous article we have seen Zigbee and GPS project which tracks a vehicle. Today we will build another innovative electronic project which will send a SMS from No Signal Area. There are many locations where we get poor range or completely no range. So using this embedded system we can send a SMS from such locations. The only condition we need here is, we should have a mobile network at the receiving end of Zigbee module.

This is low cost project and highly innovative. You can build such projects for your final year engineering submissions also.

Sending SMS from No Signal Area

Objective

The main objective of this micocontroller project is to send a SMS from No Signal area which is also known as Black Spot area using Zigbee and GSM module.

Components:

Hardware

  1. 8051 family development board
  2. power Supply
  3. Zigbee modules
  4. GSM modem.
  5. Max232

Software

  1. Embedded ‘C’
  2. RIDE to write code
  3. ISP to burn the chip

Block Diagrams

Zigbee Transmitter Block Diagram

Sending SMS from No Signal Area Transmitter Block Diagram

Zigbee Receiver Block Diagram

Sending SMS from No Signal Area Receiver Block Diagram

Power Supply:

Power Supply

Description

As already stated, this project is useful for creating signal, using GSM module we can send SMS through that signal to destination. In this project we are using two different frequencies. Zigbee has frequency 2.4GHz and GSM has frequency 1800 MHz.

Main circuitry of this project contains two embedded development boards. One contain Zigbee and Keypad and other contain Zigbee and GSM. We need to place first board in No signal (Black spot) area. Other development board which contains Zigbee receiver and GSM module is kept in area where there is mobile network.

When you type a message using keyboard and hit enter from No signal area, Zigbee transmitter will send a signal with message to the receiver end. Receiver end of Zigbee also has GSM module which will send that SMS to destination mobile.

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Vehicle Tracking Using Microcontroller & GPS Module: Electronics Project

Hi friends, In this project, we are going to make a Vehicle tracking system using 8051 microcontroller and GPS module. You can use this project for you final year submissions which cost you around 2500Rs. This is quite interesting and useful project in our day to day life.

We can easily track lost vehicle using this Vehicle tracking GPS module. In this project we are using 8051 microcontroller, GPS module to track the vehicle location. This system will send a location of the vehicle in the form of longitude and latitude values. If you enhance this project you can also easily track the position of the vehicle in the graphical presentation on your PC.

Vehicle Tracking Using Microcontroller and GPS Module

Objective

The main objective behind developing this project is to track the vehicle position using microcontroller GPS module & Zigbee module along with software to see the track of vehicle on PC.

Block Diagrams

1) Connecting GPS with ZigBee:

Connecting GPS and Zigbee
Connecting GPS and Zigbee

 

2) Vehicle Tracking Block Diagram:

Vehicle Tracking Block Diagram
Vehicle Tracking Block Diagram

 

3) Power supply for Vehicle Tracking Circuit:

Power Supply
Power Supply

 

Description

In this project, we using AVL technology. AVL stands for Automatic Vehicle Location. AVL is an advanced method to track and monitor any vehicle which is connected with Vehicle tracking circuit.AVL is a combination of GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System). All data transmission in this project depends on GPS satellite and receiver on the board and Zigbee.

There are plenty of tutorials available on the Internet on how to connect Zigbee with your GPS module. Once you integrate Zigbee and GPS connect your circuit with Microcontroller. You can refer this article on how to connect GPS with 8051 microcontroller.

Software

For building this Vehicle tracking system you will need Embedded C knowledge, RIDE to write code and ISP to burn the chip.

Hardware

  • 8051 microcontroller kit
  • power supply
  • Zigbee module
  • GPS module

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Final Year Engineering Projects for Instrumentation Engineering

Hi friends, in this article we will see some innovative project ideas. You can make use of these projects to build your engineering projects. These projects are specially for Instrumentation, electrical and electronics students.

In this post we will just discuss what type of innovative projects you can make for your final year projects. In upcoming posts we will see how we can build all these projects step by step.

Instrumentation Engineering Final Year Projects

Instrumentation Engineering Final Year Projects
Instrumentation Engineering Final Year Projects

 

1) RF Based Load Automation for smart home

Nowadays, modern houses and organisations are gradually shifting from conventional control system to centralised control system. This centralised control system make use of RF remote control to operate the equipment.

We can build this centralised control system by use of RF Transmitter, Receiver, micro controller, Encoder, Decoder, Switches and relays. This project costs near around 3000Rs – 4000Rs.

2)   Home Automation using TV Remote

This project looks very interesting and impressive as it involves home automation using our TV remote control. Infrared signals transmitted by remote control will get captured by sensor interfaced to control system. All the loads which you want to automate are connected to control system through relays.

Future scope of this project: You can enhance this project based on radio signal instead of Infrared signal of remote control. This will increase operating range so that you can operate equipment which are far away.

3) Recognition of Vehicle Number Plate using MATLAB

This is also one interesting project for Instrumentation Engineering students. In this project we are using just MATLAB so this project is also cost effective.

Here we capture the image of Vehicle number plate and by use of Image processing in MATLAb we can extract the data from that image. MATLAB will recognise the numbers from number plate and will show it as output.

4) Temperature control system using LabVIEW and Arduino

In this project we make use of LabVIEW and Arduino. To measure the temperature we can use any temperature sensor like thermistor, RTD, etc. We connect these sensors to analog pins of Arduino which will be interfaced to LabVIEW.

We can set our desired logics in LabVIEW to operate the heating elements. These heating elements are connected to arduino through relayes.

See also: Temperature controller using LabVIEW and Arduino

In upcoming posts we will see some more interesting projects for instrumentation and electrical engineering students. I hope you liked these project ideas. Like our facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter for future updates.

Wi-Fi Based Industrial Automation – Electronics Mini Project

Hi friends, in this project we will see How to automate industrial equipment using Wi-Fi network. We are going to operate electrical equipment from the central control point. This is low cost and flexible mini project which you can use for your final year project. It is also secured industrial automation system.

Components Required

  1. Rabbits Processor – RCM5600W
  2. RS 232 cable
  3. PC
  4. Industrial equipment to be controlled using Wi-Fi network

Block diagram

Receiving:

Block diagram for Industrial automation
Block diagram for Industrial automation

 

Transmission:

transmission
Transmission

Description

In this automation system, devices to be operated are connected to the Rabbit’s processor. You can see devices like Fan, Heater, and the electric bulb is connected through the Realy circuit. Please read Data sheet of Rabbits Processor for details. The current status (on, off) of the device is sent to the web page which is accessed by the end user. For this, you need a PC which is connected to the Rabbits Processors Wi-Fi network.

When the end user sends an action for operating any device, it will be received by Rabbits Processor and get executed. In this way, automation of industrial equipment will take place using Wi-Fi.

Industrial automation
Industrial automation
Source: RCM5600W Datasheet (http://www.digi.com/pdf/ds_rcm5600w.pdf)

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List of Final Year Projects for Instrumentation Engineering

Hello, friends. It is very important to choose a good project in your final year of engineering. Your project should be attractive, innovative and more important is its output. If you successfully built a project and obtain its output you will definitely get good grades. So always choose a project for your final year which will be implementable (means you can get all its hardware), and you will be able to get its output.

Final Year Engineering Projects

Following is a list of Final year engineering projects for Instrumentation and Control Engineering students.

1) Machine Vision Based Object Sorting

This project is based on Machine vision. You can use a digital camera of your mobile or a separate camera for detecting objects. A conveyor can be used to move objects from one place to other. Whenever a defective product or unwanted product is passed over a particular point a camera will detect that product and will be sorted out. You have to use LabVIEW or Matlab for image processing.

2) Temperature Control System using PLC

PLC is one of the core subjects in Instrumentation and Control Engineering. So it will be impressive if you use PLC in your project. To built a Temperature Control System using PLC you can use RTD or Thermistor and a Heater. Whenever temperature rise above the predefined level a coolant (water) can be circulated surrounding the tank. When the temperature goes below set point a heater will get automatically on. You can use a PID controller for better controlling action than on-off control. This is really a good final project for  Instrumentation and control Engineering students.

3) Automatic Bottle filling project using PLC

This is also a good project for the final year. Its hardware is attractive and use of PLC in the project will impress your external. In this project, you can use a conveyor for bottle (cups) passing. IR sensor will detect the presence of bottle. At the same time, it will stop the conveyor. By generating a timer in PLC a Solenoid valve will start filling bottle. When the timer is completed solenoid valve will be closed and conveyor will get the start.

4) Automatic Irrigation System

This is an interesting project and involves measurement of soil moisture using Hygrometer. A hygrometer is an easily available sensor or eBay or amazon.  Whenever soil moisture decreases a pump will get start and water will wet soil. Thus no need of human for watering plants or farm. You can use and Arduino for analog reading and its digital output pins will operate pump on and off.

5) Home automation using PLC

In this project, we can control home appliances like a fan, Bulb, etc. using PLC. You can make use of Relays to connect home appliances with PLC.

6)PC Based Wireless transmission of process parameters

This is also a good final year project for Instrumentation and Control engineering students. In this project, you can transfer readings of process parameters like temperature, flow, pressure, etc. from one PC to other wireless. For this, you can use ZigBee.

7) Auctioneering Control System using LabVIEW

Auctioneering Control System
Auctioneering Control System

This is really a core instrumentation project. In this project, you are going to control the temperature of the system using auctioneering control system. It means measuring parameters at different location and control action will be taken based on the most appropriate reading. Same hardware as that of Temperature control system using PLC discussed above can be used. Except for PLC you can use LabVIEW and Arduino.

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Temperature Indicator using PIC Microcontroller: Electronics Project

Hi friends, today we will see how to make temperature indicator using PIC microcontroller. The basic aim of this project is to make you familiar with PIC microcontroller. It also explains how LM35 and 7 segment displays can be interfaced with PIC microcontroller.

Components required

Following is a list of components required for temperature indicator using PIC microcontroller – mini project:

  • PIC microcontroller (PIC16F676)
  • 4 digit (or 3digit) seven segment display (Common cathode)
  • Temperature sensor (LM35) IC
  • 5V DC power supply

Circuit diagram

The following figure shows a circuit diagram of temperature indicator using PIC microcontroller.

Temperature Indicator Using Microcontroller
Temperature Indicator Using Microcontroller

Theory

In this mini project, we have used PIC microcontroller and a four digit seven segment display is interfaced with it. For sensing the surrounding temperature we have used a temperature sensing IC i.e. LM35. You can use a voltmeter to crosscheck whether the indicator giving correct output or not. The output of the temperature in terms of volts will be in the range of mV.

Working of LM35

LM35 is an integrated temperature sensor. It produces an output voltage proportional to the temperature. The advantage of using LM35 is that it does not require any external calibration technique and it has an accuracy of ±0.4 degree Celsius at room temperature. It draws the only 60µA from supply and possesses low self-heating. Thus the chances of error get minimized.

Download

Click here to download the project content. It consists of C program, Proteus design, HEX file for PIC microcontroller and circuit diagram.

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How to Make a Constant Current Source using LM317

Hi friends, today we will see how to make a constant current source using an LM317 regulator and a single DC supply. You can vary the magnitude of current using the formula given below.

Circuit diagram

The following figure shows the circuit diagram of constant current generator mini project.

Constant current source
Constant current source

Components required

  • LM317 voltage regulator
  • 12V DC power supply (9V can also be used)
  • Resistor (depends on your requirement)

Working principle of constant current source circuit

As shown in the figure, constant current source produces a 20mA current across its output. The voltage across output is lower than DC supply voltage by 3V. In this case, we have used 12V DC supply, therefore, we will get 20mA current with 9V across its output. If you use 9V DC supply you will get 6V across its output terminals.

LM317-pinout-diagram
LM317-pinout-diagram

LM317 is a linear voltage regulator IC having following specifications:

Attribute Value
Vout range 1.25 V – 37 V
Operation ambient temperature 0 °C – 125 °C
Vin – Vout difference 3 V – 40 V
Minimum Load Current 3.5 mA typical, 12 mA maximum
Output Imax 1.5 A (with proper heat sinking)

LM317 can be used as a current regulator by replacing its low side resistor of the divider with the load itself. In our case, suppose we are using DC motor as a load. We will get 20mA current flowing through DC motor. The formula for output current is given by,

I = Vref / R = 1.25 /62 = 20mA

1.25V is the reference voltage of the LM317 regulator.

You can download LM317 datasheets from the following links:

  • LM317 Texas Instruments
  • LM317 ON Semiconductor
  • LM317 STMicroelectronics

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Mobile Battery Charger: Electronics Mini Project

Hi, friends, in the series of engineering mini project we have seen many useful circuits in the day to day life. Today we are going to make another simple but very useful mini project which is a Mobile battery charger.

Mobile Battery Charger

In this mini project, we will charge any mobile battery using the output voltage from the circuit. It produces 3.7V DC output which is best suited for any mobile battery. Following diagram shows the circuit for the mobile battery charger.

Circuit diagram

Mobile Battery Charger Circuit
Mobile Battery Charger Circuit

Components required

  • Two LEDs Red and Green
  • MCP73831 IC
  • Resistors and capacitors as shown in the circuit diagram
  • Mobile charger pin

Working of Mobile Battery Charger

In this mini project, we have used MCP73831 IC which is a highly advanced charge management controller which is used in special cases where there are space limitations or it can be used in cost-sensitive applications. Another important function of this IC is that it has a constant current and voltage charge algorithm which is useful for charging mobile batteries at a constant current and voltage.

We have used two LEDs of a different color. One is Red and the other is Green. Red LED will remain ON while charging your mobile battery. One it is fully charged Red LED get turned OFF and Green LED will be turned ON.

The output of this circuit is 3.7V. To use this voltage for charging your mobile battery you have to use a mobile charging pin. It is shown in the figure below. Please connect terminals of pin properly otherwise your battery may get damaged.

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DC to AC Converter using IC 555 – Electronics Mini Project

It is common problem in most of the mini projects that how to convert DC voltage into AC voltage. When we develop any circuit that gives dc output voltage and if we want to convert it into AC voltage, this DC to AC converter is used. In this project, we will see how to control 120V AC supply using 12V DC output.

Components required

  • NE 555 (Timer IC)
  • NPN Transistor (TIP41)
  • PNP Transistor (TIP42)
  • Resistors and capacitors
  • Inductor of 1µH
  • Variable resistor (potentiometer) of 50K?

Circuit diagram

Following diagram shows circuit for DC to AC voltage converter using NE 555 timer IC:

12V DC to 120V AC Converter
12V DC to 120V AC Converter

Description and working of DC to AC converter

Above circuit can be used for a range of +5V to +15V DC voltage. This DC voltage is applied to the NE555 timer IC. NE555 produces frequency proportional to the input voltage. At the output terminal, we have used two transistors. One is NPN and other is PNP. These two transistors are used for driving transformer coil. An inductor of 1µH is used in series with the 2200µF capacitor.

Note:

  • You can also get output voltage between 120V to 230V AC at 50-60Hz.
  • The output voltage depends on the step up transformer used in the circuit.
  • You can also use a similar transistor instead of TIP41 and TIP42.

You can use this as your second or third year engineering project. This is a simple mini project using IC555. It is easy to build and all components used in the circuit are easily available.

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Police Siren Alarm: Electronics Mini Project

Hi friends, in this series of mini projects today we are going to make one simple mini project of police siren alarm using IC 555 (timer IC). This mini project generates a sound like police siren using astable multivibrator circuit of NE555 timer IC. You can make this project as your first or second year engineering mini project. This is one of the simple but useful mini projects and all components used in the circuit are easily available.

Components required

  • Two NE555 timer ICs
  • Resistors and Capacitors as shown in circuit diagram of police siren alarm
  • Speaker (64 ohms, 560mW)
  • 12 V DC power supply

Circuit Diagram

Police Siren Alarm using 555
Police Siren Alarm using 555

Working of Police Siren Alarm Circuit

As discussed earlier this circuit uses two NE555 timer ICs which are connected as an astable multivibrator. This circuit can be operated on the 12V dc power supply (you can also use 9V battery). To generate a siren sound we have used a speaker having specification as 64 ohms and 560 mW.

In this circuit, IC1 is used as slow astable multivibrator which works at 20Hz and having duty cycle as 50%. IC2 is fast astable multivibrator and having high frequency than IC1 nearly equal to 600Hz. These frequencies of IC1 and IC2 depend on values of resistors and capacitors used in the circuit.

Because of two different frequencies of IC555 and output of first is connected to the second it produces sound like a police siren.

See also: Rain detector with alarm – mini project.

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