Poster 214 – Click on poster below to view presentation from author.
University of Florida
Co-Authors: Eban Bean
Water resource monitoring tools available on the market today are often cost-prohibitive to water resource professionals. The tools have proprietary hardware and software that may prevent them from being customized as per specific requirements. The primary objective of this project is to develop a low-cost, compact, real-time, and mobile data-logging platform that can be customized according to specific applications. The platform includes a mobile and water-tight buoy that collects the water-quality metrics, a cloud-based remote server and datahub, and a web-based dashboard that shows the real-time data using interactive charts and maps. The data-logger is built using inexpensive and easily available components and sensors, 3D-printed housing, and inhouse-designed circuit board to enhance the availability, reproducibility, customizability, and maintenance of the system. The data-logger is built around Particle family of Arduino-compatible 4G-enabled microcontrollers, allowing researchers access to the Internet right out-of-the-box. The buoy has the following basic water-quality sensors- pH, temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, and electroconductivity. The datalogger also collects spatial data using an onboard GPS, which will allow users to getting better insights into the variation of water-quality metrics over both space and time. The data-logger also employs various power, data storage, and transmission optimization strategies to extend the operational life. With a small, acorn-like form factor with an outer radius of 5.5 in., the data-logger can easily float down a stream, a lake, or a stormwater drain.
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