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» Detecting Radiation Levels in Fukushima: an example of crowdsourcing

Challenge: fast design of a radiation detection sensor board for Waspmote in response to the accident in Fukushima.

The creation of the Radiation Sensor Board was motivated by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima after the unfortunate earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. We wanted to help authorities to measure the levels of radiation of the affected zones without compromising the life of the security and rescue teams. For this reason we designed in just 3 weeks a Geiger Counter sensor board for Waspmote, which could read the radiation levels automatically and send the information in real time using wireless technologies like ZigBee and 3G/GPRS to the control point without human intervention.

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» Smart Parking and environmental monitoring in one of the world’s largest WSN

Challenge: use the mesh capabilities of ZigBee and other adhoc protocols in a massive deployment of more than 1000 nodes located under the ground in order to enable the car detection in the streets of the city.

SmartSantander is an ambitious project leaded by Telefonica that proposes a unique in the world city-scale experimental research facility sufficiently large, open, flexible and horizontal to stimulate the development of new applications by researchers, companies and citizens. At the same time, the network must provide services to Santander inhabitants such as helping them to find free parking spots and monitoring pollution levels. In this case, Waspmote modularity and flexibility has allowed to incorporate a second communication radio enabling experimentation while ensuring high availability services.

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» Smart Agriculture project in Galicia to monitor vineyards with Waspmote

Challenge: Create a statistical model to predict the appearence of plagues withing the vineyard with wireless sensor networks

Researchers from Grupo Austen, a Spanish company, have developed a system called 'Siega System' that allows to monitor in real-time a bunch of variables in order to create a whole Smart Agriculture system. This system is able to monitor different parameters such as ambient temperature and humidity, soil temperature and humidity or leaf wetness and has been deployed in Pontevedra, a city in the North of Spain.

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» Smart Water project in Valencia to monitor Water Cycle Management

Challenge: create a hybrid sensor network between mobile and fixed nodes and integration of water quality specific sensors.

This project was developed by the Institute of Computer Technology in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Telefonica Cathedra in Valencia (Spain). The Smart Water System consist of a mobile wireless sensor network that can be fast deployed in a particular area to monitor water quality by measuring parameters such as PH, conductivity, oxydation reduction potential (redox), disolved oxygen (DO) and turbidity. In this case, modularity and horizontal architecture of Waspmote allowed the customers to easily integrate these new sensors.

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» Smart City project in Serbia for environmental monitoring by Public Transportation

Challenge: deploy a mobile wireless sensor network with the sensor nodes located in vehicles.

The EkoBus system was developed in collaboration with Ericsson and deployed in the cities of Belgrade and Pancevo. Several Waspmotes were installed on public transportation vehicles to monitor a set of environmental parameters over a large area as well as to provide additional information for the end-user like the location of the buses and estimated arrival times to bus stops. The GPS and 3G/GPRS modules allowed the Waspmotes to work as autonomous sensor collectors.

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» Smart City project in Salamanca to monitor Air Quality and Urban Traffic

Challenge: use one single sensor network infrastructure to monitor 7 environmental parameters and provide multiple services.

This project has been developed by several companies and leaded by “Fundación CARTIF”. Its main goal was to achieve sustainable management of the traffic in the city of Salamanca by using two key-elements: a pervasive air-quality sensor network along with prediction models. The project required the measurement of 7 parameters: CO, NO2, O3, temperature, humidity, dust particles (PM-10) and noise. The flexibility of Waspmote allowed to integrate all of them in the same sensor node, making the most of each point of the the network deployed.

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» Detecting Forest Fires using Wireless Sensor Networks

Challenge: deployment of sensor networks in harsh outdoors environments.

SISVIA “Vigilancia y Seguimiento Ambiental” deployed a Wireless Sensor Network in Asturias (Spain) in order to detect forest fires by monitoring CO, CO2, humidity and temperature in 210 hectares. In a hard environment like this long range communication links along with low power consumption and solar panels as energy source were Waspmote’s most valuable features.

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