In recent years, in response to market demands, many features and functions are introduced to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). Today's PLCs are already benefiting from various new technologies, and built-in wireless is among evolving features that have not been widely adopted yet. This paper discusses the potential of utilizing ZigBee protocol for addressing wireless PLC current limitations through the design and implementation of a real-time wireless control and monitoring system. A Zigbee based wireless unit is implemented employing Arduino. The Arduino device provides network control flexibility and easy system reconfiguration. The evaluation results show the effectiveness of the proposed design and its feasibility in real-time wireless control and monitoring home and industrial application.
Available online: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8204259