Reducing the cost of collecting gas meter readings and more accurately monitoring natural gas consumption
Team Lead: Luz Lule Camargo
The main component of this project would be to build a wireless device with the associated microcontroller which could store the current gas meter readout data and then transmit this data to a receiver located in a nearby building. From here the receiver would configure this data and then send it over a hardwired ethernet cable to the UCSC Energy Department. Our goal is to build a system which can be implemented for far less money than the existing system which only works for water meters. This system would also help reduce the cost of collecting gas meter readings and more accurately monitor natural gas consumption. It is important to note that this system would increase the safety of the current gas infrastructure because the UCSC Energy Department would be able to detect leaks and other problems faster than is currently possible.