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Application of Wireless Communication Based on GPRS in Power Plant’s CEMS

Bing Shi Zhenghua Ma

School of Information Science and EngineeringJiangsu School of Information Science and Engineering Jiangsu
Polytechnic UniversityChangzhou, Jiangsu Province, Polytechnic UniversityChangzhou, Jiangsu Province,
China China

Abstract—The wireless data exchange system based on GPRS terminals distributed in field, and are sent to the computer
used in monitoring smoke emission in power plant is designed, via the PLC. The data signals from computer are packed by
the principle and the blue print of the system are described TCP/IP embedded in GPRS module, and the packets are
and the terminal hardware and Software are also described in transmitted to GPRS network by GPRS module via base
details. A conclusion was presented at last. stations. The GPRS network is linked to INTERNET via
Routers. At last ,the packets are sent to the server which has
Keywords-GPRS, CEMS, Wireless communication fixed IP address in controlling centre , and then the centre
can monitoring the emissions in remote power plants in real
I. INTRODUCTION time. When excessive emissions happen, the computer in
Air pollution is becoming a serious social problem with centre sends alerts immediately.
the development of the modern industry. Air pollution has
not only led to great economic loss, but also increased the
chances for kinds of deadly diseases. Coal-fired factories, The CEMS is showed as fig.2 below. It consists of data
especially power plants, mostly account for the situation. collection unit, data process unit and wireless
For monitoring power plant’s emission, the CEMS communication unit.
(Continuous Emission Monitoring System) is designed to
meet the demand. Because of the most environmental
protection departments are far from power plant’s locations,
Wireless communication unit based on GPRS is adopted in
CEMS to increase ability to share real-time information, and
make for construction of comprehensive information
platform. The platform has two functions, one is monitoring,
the other is controlling. The architecture of CEMS has
become more and more populous.
The CEMS which has the function of wireless
communication is designed to accomplish monitoring
quantity of CO, CO2, NO, SO2, and some additional dusts.
The system is showed as fig.1 below: Figure 2. Architecture of the CEMS

The analog signals collected by kinds of sensors are sent

to the PLC. The analog signals are converted to digital
signals by the PLC, and the digital signals will be proceed by
the data unit and the wireless communication unit. The
process unit has two functions, one is to analyse all digital
signals from the PLC, and the other is to display the signals
in the form of graphs. The wireless communication unit
powered by DC power will accomplish function of data
A. Data Collection Unit
The data collection unit consists of data measurement
part and data collection controlling part.
Figure 1. Architecture of the system The data measurement part adopts SIEMENS Ultramat
23 and LDS 6 analyser. The analyser has some advantages
The system mainly consists of control centre and the below˖
CEMS terminals. The smoke-parameters are collected by the x Economical and high efficiency
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x Automatic amendment for air pressure, high when a configuration acknowledgement frame has been
precision both sent and received.
x Easy maintenance 2) This is followed by link quality determination. LCP
x Automatic Switch allows elective link quality strength of mind phase
x Inner safe filter following the link connection and arrangement arbitration
The data collection controlling part adopts SIMATIC S7- phase. In this section, the link is experienced to decide
200 as the core, one kind of PLC produced by SIMENS. For whether the link value is enough to bring up network layer
increasing the speed of communication between the PLC and
protocols. This phase is optional. LCP can setback
the computer, the data collected by sensors and other
temporary data are all saved temporarily in area V in transmission of network layer protocol information till this
Register of the PLC. All real-time data are sent to computer stage is completed.
in one time, and the speed can truly be increased greatly. 3) Network layer protocol configuration could occur
Some communication models are supported by S7-200, after LCP has finished that link quality determination phase
such as Point-to-Point Protocol and multipoint Protocol. The and network layer protocols could be configured separately
Point-to-Point protocol (PPP) originally emerged as an by good use of NCP and could be up and down at any time.
encapsulation protocol for transporting IP traffic over point- While the LCP select links, it will tell network layer
to-point links. PPP also established a standard for the protocol to take necessary actions.
assignment and management of IP address, synchronous 4) Finally, link termination occurs, LCP can terminate
(start/stop) and bit-oriented synchronous encapsulation,
the link at any time. It frequently will be done at the request
network protocol multiplexing, link configuration, link
quality testing, error detection, and option negotiation for of a user but could occur since of a physical event, such as
such capabilities as network layer address negotiation and the loss of carrier or the ending of an idle era timer.
data compression negotiation. PPP supports these functions Three classes of LCP frames exist. Link establishment
by providing an extensible Link Control Program (LCP) and frames are used to set up and organize a link. Link break
a family of Network Control Program (NCP) to negotiate down frames are used to finish a link, while link preservation
optional configuration parameters and facilities. PPP frames are used to control and debug a link.
provides a method for transmitting datagram over serial The software for PLC communication is showed as fig.3
point-to-point links. PPP contains three main categories: below, and some codes for PLC communication are
1) The method for encapsulating datagram over serial presented as below:
links. PPP uses the High Level Data Link Control (HDLC)
LD SM0.1
protocol as a basis for encapsulating datagram over point-to- MOVB 16#09,SMB30
point links. MOVB 16#7C,SMB87
2) To set up LCP you should configure and test data MOVB 16#53,SMB88
link connection. MOVB 16#45,SMB89
3) A family of NCP for establishing and configuring MOVW +5,SMW90
different network layer protocols. PPP is designed to permit MOVW +179,SMW92
the simultaneous utilize of numerous network layer MOVB 60,SMB94
protocols. NETWORK2
To establish communications over a point-to-point link, LD SM0.1
the originating PPP first sends LCP frames to configure and MOVB 16#53,VB2499
test the data-link. After establishing link and negotiating ATCH
optional facilities using LCP the original PPP will send NCP ATCH
frames to choose and configure one or more network layer ENI
protocols. After configuring each network layer protocol
packets of each network layer could be transferred and link
will remain configured and packets could be sent over those
links. Link will remain configured for communication till
plain LCP or NCP frames closed and some external events
occurred like inactivity timer expires or user intervenes.
The PPP LCP provides a method of establishing,
configuring, maintaining, and terminating the point-to-point
protocol connection. LCP goes through four distinct phases:
1) First, link organization and configuration arbitration
occurs. Before any network layer datagram (for example IP)
can be exchanged, LCP first must open the connection and
negotiate configuration parameters. This phase is complete

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Figure 4. Architecture of GPRS module

Figure 3. Software for PLC communication The connection between the computer and the GPRS
module is via port of RS232.
B. Data Process Unit
The unit adopts industrial computer produced by
ADVANTECH Company, and the kind of computer is A. Software for Computer in CEMS Unit
known as its high stability.
The industrial computer in CEMS unit accomplishes
Hardware show as below˖
some functions, such as data analysis, displays relevant
CPU˖P4 1.8G information, and sends data to GPRS module. Software Win
Memory capacity˖1G CC developed by SIEMENS is adopted to accomplish below
Hard disk˖160G functions:
Database capacity: 160G and one printer x Process display, operation display, graph display,
and so on
C. Wireless Communication Unit Based on GPRS
x Alert reader, display and confirmation
The General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a x Data management
connectivity solution based on Internet Protocols supporting x Print
a wide range of enterprise and consumer applications
x Other functions
available now with almost every GSM network. GPRS
Nevertheless, software for communication between the
supports a number of data services such as Short Message
computer and the GPRS module has to develop
Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS),
independently, the flow chart is showed as fig.5 below.
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) access, as well as
Internet communications services (Email and World Wide
Web access). Additionally GPRS customers enjoy a number
of advanced, feature-rich data services such as colour
Internet browsing, e-mail on the move, video streaming,
multimedia messages and location-based services.
The GPRS is transitional technology from the second
generation communication (GSM) to the third generation,
which is widely used in transportation, finance, securities
and public security at present.
The wireless unit adopts module of WISMO
QuikQ2406B produced by Wavecom. The module work
frequency is EGSM 900ˋGSM1800MHz or GSM 850ˋ
GSM 1900MHzˈall parts of the module are powered by the
same DC power ,which voltage ranges from 3.3v to 4.5V.
GSMˋGPRS protocols are embedded in the module, and
TCP ˋ IP protocols are alternative. The Architecture of
GPRS module is showed as fig.4 below.

Figure 5. Software for wireless communication

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B. Software for Computer in Environmental Center V. CONCLUSION
The system hardware consists of computers, printers and The CEMS based on GPRS wireless communication
mini-type database. The flow chart of the program is realizes accurately monitoring and measuring smoke
showed as fig.6 below. emission in power plant. The environmental departments can
know power plant’s emission and other pollution in time,
and greatly increased convenience. To further develop the
system, communication between the CEMS terminal and the
cell phone will be realized, and will embody greatly mobility.
The system is being used in production and every day life
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Some codes for PC communication ports are presented as
Void CtestView:OpenCom2( )
DCB dc
The DCB (Device Control Block) is one kind of data
structure, which is used for setting serial ports. The function
of ReadByte is for accepting data,
When the power plant’s emission surpasses the red line
set according to national regulations, the system will give
alert information showed as fig.7 below:

Figure 7. Alert information

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