A Flexible Electronics Laboratory with Local and Remote Workbenches in a Grid

Ingvar Gustavsson, Johan Zackrisson, Kristian Nilsson, Javier Garcia-Zubia, Lars Håkansson, Ingvar Claesson, Thomas Lagö

Abstract


The Signal Processing Department (ASB) at
Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) has created two
online lab workbenches; one for electrical experiments and
one for mechanical vibration experiments, mimicking and
supplementing workbenches in traditional laboratories. For
several years now, the workbenches have been used
concurrently with on-site ones in regular, supervised lab
sessions. The students are encouraged to use them on a 24/7
basis for example, in preparation for supervised sessions.
The electronic workbench can be used simultaneously by
many students. The aim of a project known as VISIR
(Virtual Systems in Reality) founded by ASB at the end of
2006, is to disseminate the online lab workbenches using
open source technologies. The goal is to create a template
for a grid laboratory where the nodes are workbenches for
electrical experiments, located at different universities. This
paper focuses on standards, pedagogical aspects, and
measurement procedure requirements.

Keywords


Electronics; Grid; Remote labs; Workbench

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE).ISSN: 1861-2121
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