Develop IoT Telemetry System to Remotely Monitor Mobile Wheelchair Lifters

Engineering, IT, Mathematics and Statistics

PLEASE NOTE

  • Students must be from Swinburne University to be eligible for this internship.
  • This internship is able to cover project costs for both domestic and international students.

ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PARTNER

Norden Body Works primary business is the conversion of minibuses for wheelchair accessibility.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Work with Victoria’s leading accessible vehicle converter on applying IOT in practice. Have a significant influence on the product development and help deliver benefits to disability service providers.

RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED

The basic concept is that by monitoring certain characteristics of the wheelchair lift Norden can optimise the service frequency to reduce costs while still avoiding breakdowns. The cost savings come from the lift not needing to be serviced as often and the risk is managed by monitoring the data. By investing in this technology Norden can reduce annual service costs and pass on (some of) these savings to the customer. To add further a further incentive for this model Norden can offer an extended more comprehensive warranty. It is also possible that by collecting and analysing the data from the lift Norden may be able to develop other products and services that could benefit our customers.

The aim is to collect and transmit data on enough characteristics of the wheelchair lift to make the system marketable. The absolute minimum would be cycle count, but at least one other characteristic that could be used to indicate performance of the lift is likely to be needed to justify the value of the product. Measuring something that indicates the load on the lift would be a high priority. Candidates are hydraulic pressure, strain (using a strain gauge) or motor current. Norden would likely also measure battery voltage as it is readily available and low cost to acquire. Temperature could also be measured and although it is difficult to see how this would be useful it is so easy and low cost.

SKILLS WISH LIST

If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:

  • Good technical understanding of electromechanical systems and components.
  • Awareness of basic electronic control systems and sensors.
  • Good planning and organising skills.
  • Ability to determine user needs and define relevant product specifications.
  • Willingness to take leading role in a small team.

RESEARCH OUTCOMES

Develop a product that provides a benefit to both the vehicle operator and Norden and that can be commercially implemented to Norden’s product range.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of scholarship payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours and maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Please note, applications are reviewed regularly and this internship may be filled prior to the advertised closing date if a suitable applicant is identified. Early submissions are encouraged.

LOCATION:
Dandenong, VIC
DURATION:
5 months
CLOSING DATE:
27/01/2021
ELIGIBILITY:
All domestic & international students
REF NO:
APR - 1856

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