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AbstractInfrastructure monitoring via information systems is a developing concept to allow automatic analysis of structures such as bridges and systems such as electrical power grids The scale of these systems calls for effective and low-cost monitoring in order to provide an efficient method for discovering problems and failures A low-cost system to monitor the status of a nations electrical power may be developed but in a case where a nation has a weak and poorly supported energy sector introduction and implementation of such technology may not be fully effective until current problems have already been identified and solved This project will focus upon Nigerias electrical grid infrastructure which suffers from unreliability and the project proposes to leverage mobile phone technology and a web-based application to provide a low-cost crowd-sourced electrical infrastructure monitoring systemIntroductionModern society exists due in part to access to reliable sources of power electrical power in particular Access to such power yields societies that may further innovate develop and access new frontiers socially geographically and technologically Compared to other infrastructure elements such as roads and buildings which may require maintenance and analysis every few days or weeks electrical power necessitates more meticulous and frequent observation and analysis with limited tolerance for information delays Jingxian Smith 2009 Nations like the United States of America and members of the European Union have focused mainly on implementing equipment to increase or to maintain system reliability but only recently has the concept of incorporating communication and information infrastructure for monitoring the electrical power system arisen Cleveland 2007 Diu Wehnkel 2002As developed nations move to implement more autonomous monitoring of electrical infrastructure developing nations still suffer from the qualms of instability Nigeria possesses a weak energy supply sector despite the wealth it accrues through its petroleum industry Implementation of advanced information system techniques would not be fully effective given the instability of the present electrical power system This discrepancy provides a unique opportunity to implement an
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