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Ninth International Network Conference (INC 2012)

Ninth International Network Conference (INC 2012)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 11-12, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-84102-315-1

Title: Data Compression for Tele-Monitoring of Buildings
Author(s): Apkar Salatian, Francis Adepoju, Bruce Taylor, Lawrence Oborkhale
Reference: pp185-190
Keywords: Wavelets, data compression, building, tele-monitoring
Abstract: In Africa there has been an increase in construction of new buildings. In many cases, these buildings are constructed at a rate where the local authorities have no capacity to enforce any building code, ethics or standards. To compound this problem, there is a predominant lack of qualified staff on the ground to conduct proper physical inspections in the building sites. One solution to this problem is to utilise tele-monitoring of buildings whereby building data is transmitted over a network for remote interpretation by an expert in a different location. A common form of telecommunication is broadband which is not always straightforward to use in Africa. In this paper we propose wavelet analysis as a data compression technique to transform the building monitor data into trends to address the challenges of broadband in Africa for data transmission and allow qualitative reasoning at the receiving site for building decision support.
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