Developing low-cost intelligent wireless sensor networks for aquatic environments

Trevathan, Jarrod, Atkinson, Ian, Read, Wayne, Bajema, Nigel, Lee, Yong Jin, Scarr, Adam, and Johnstone, Ron (2010) Developing low-cost intelligent wireless sensor networks for aquatic environments. In: Proceedings of ISSNIP 2010 Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, pp. 13-18. From: ISSNIP 2010 Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, 7 - 10 December 2010, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Aquatic environments are extremely difficult for developing, deploying, and maintaining wireless sensor networks. Networks deployed in aquatic settings face multiple challenges, such as marine fowling of equipment, limited power supply, communications difficulties, and restricted accessibility for maintaining and updating sensor nodes. The SEMAT project is an initiative to create "smart", low-cost, heterogeneous wireless sensor networks, tailored to alleviating the aforementioned constraints. Networks can be instantly deployable with minimal setup overheads and can utilise equipment from multiple vendors. This paper presents our experiences with developing the initial technologies to establish SEMAT for field tests. We present the design methodology and challenges faced for creating a marine-based heterogeneous wireless sensor network platform. The result is a low cost solution, with sufficient accuracy for undertaking a study into the factors contributing to Lyngbya algae blooms in Deception Bay, Queensland. The platform builds a case for the merits of the final SEMAT system, as ultimately many of the software and basic hardware challenges for future aquatic deployments have been overcome. This is significant as it allows researchers to focus on the area under study, rather than the specifics of setting up and managing the network.

Item ID: 15150
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 978-1-4244-7176-8
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 04:15
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications @ 80%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0803 Computer Software > 080306 Open Software @ 20%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890205 Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture) @ 50%
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