.: project description
Electric panels today remain essentially the same as they were a few decades ago, despite rapid advances in technology. This can be limiting not only for power companies, but also for the power consumers.
As the price of electricity continues to increase, homeowners are becoming more concerned with how their electricity is being used. Unfortunately, the average homeowner has no easy or cheap way to monitor specifically when and where the power is used.
This project provides the necessary and desired information to both power companies and consumers with a unique, affordable, and accurate metering device. A few especially unique features include:
- Circuit-by-circuit power consumption analysis of a building for the consumer's benefit.
- Ability for the provider to remotely shut off and resume power service.
- Active reporting and alerts for both the provider and consumer.
The Power Information Collection Architecture (PICA) is a collection of components whose purpose is to accurately collect and display information about power quality and consumption to both a consumer and their power provider. Designed to be modular, these components do not require use of all systems, but rather can operate individually, in addition to working together as a suite of sensors and controls to empower the consumer with more accurate and up-to-date information about power usage. The four major systems seen in figure 1 compose the PICA system.
.: system block diagram
Figure 1: The four major subsystems of the PICA system