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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Microcontroller-Based Process Monitoring Using Petri-Nets

EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20092009:282708

  • Received: 29 July 2008
  • Accepted: 25 November 2008
  • Published:


This paper considers the development of a Petri-net-based modelling tool as a mechanism for process and system monitoring. The use of Petri-nets, which has previously been largely based in the areas of systems modelling and simulation, is shown here to have great potential for deployment as a process monitoring and management application. Interfacing with real-world processes has been achieved in part by introducing a specific set of extensions to the original Petri-net concept. This work has resulted in the engineering of a tool that can be embedded within the process using a microcontroller platform. The potential for such systems to provide low cost, yet powerful process management tools, is becoming increasingly evident, particularly given the ever-improving capabilities of microcontrollers.


  • System Monitoring
  • Control Structure
  • Process Management
  • Management Tool
  • Modelling Tool

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Authors’ Affiliations

School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Queens Building, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, UK