Management of Field Inspections: Design and Implementatio

The plant field is filled with numerous errors and failures every day. The errors, however, are managed manually by the field inspectors. An inspection management system based on wireless sensor networks is described and implemented in this paper. Embedded devices are used to implement this system. We analyzed work tasks and processes in the plant to create a field inspection management system. The embedded system should be protected against information theft and alteration by means of security measures. With this system, error information gathered in the field can be managed effectively.


In recent years, smartphones and tablet PCs have become more prevalent. Mobile devices such as these are sometimes known as embedded systems. Embedded systems are usually compact, so they can be used as additional parts of other devices or as components of customized applications [1–5]. However, embedded systems are able to accomplish more complex tasks due to microprocessor speed and the amount of flash memory or SDRAM available. Additionally, embedded systems have access to database management systems and can perform the role of secondary servers due to the advent of database management systems [6–8]. In the meantime, the evolution of ubiquitous technology is expected to spread to every part of human existence and bring about positive changes. Various sensors are embedded in ubiquitous environments, which collect environmental data such as temperature, humidity, and illumination. ZigBee wireless communication can also estimate a person’s location [9–11].

A variety of errors and failures occur on a daily basis in the plant field. Record keeping has several problems, and these are described manually.

The background

We describe a few of the background elements and related work for the rest of the paper in this section. To develop the field inspection management system, we examined the work processes and tasks in the plant. These errors and failures can generally be verified by field inspection solutions and are documented in the handbook. Upon returning from the field inspection, log in to the information system. Next, enter the information pertaining to the errors, edit the report with a word processor, and finally print it out. Figure 1 illustrates how to work in the field is actually conducted. An analysis of the fieldwork is depicted in Figure 2.

Current Work Process Problems

This process can lead to the following problems.
To begin with, it is not possible to verify a location’s status in real-time. It includes information about the temperature, humidity, and environmental conditions of the device or location. It is not possible to fix the errors in the field immediately.
These problems are addressed in this paper by addressing the following points.
In the first step, a location’s real-time status is identified.
Second, the error data is immediately entered with the portable device on the field.
Lastly, a direct link is established between the information entered in the field and the system.
We accomplish this by developing a portable embedded device and a field inspection management system, which can collect status information via wireless sensor networks technology and track errors.

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