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Imbedded Sensors Monitor All Aspects of Energy Usage

Data collection lets us analyze efficiencies

HUGnet was developed to instrument and analyze the efficiencies of systems within our residential test buildings. It can measure temperature, humidity, airflow, load cells, light level, pressure sensors and more. It has been used to test the insulating performance of window systems, the value of high thermal mass buildings, and the efficiency of a unique underground air exchanger.


HUGnet LAB was developed when we needed flexible sensing and monitoring of precision laboratory experiments. It featured a flexible distributed data acquisition system with high sensitivity, high resolution, and low noise. While we were doing research on low energy nuclear reaction experiments, it was used to create everything from precision power supplies to heat flow sensors and high vacuum monitors.


HUGnetCAN is the current iteration of HUGnet. Building on our experiences this version will focus on a reliable hardware interface and an intuitive user experience. HUGnetCAN is built on the CAN communication protocol; a robust starting point for creating dependable and decentralized monitoring and control networks. It is the same bus used for critical system communications in automobiles.

While previous versions emphasized data acquisition, the focus of this revision is control. Using a built in motor drive this system will be used to run pumps, actuate dampers, power fans, and open windows along with many data acquisition features of past iterations.


HUGnet software originated


Number of sensors deployed on campus.


Number of records from 644,000,000 readings. 


Temperature sensitivity of HUGnet in Celsius.


Campus buildings monitored using HUGnet.
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