Yamamoto K, He Y, Heinrich P, Orange A, Ruggeri B, Wilberger H, Flikkema PG. 2010 - WiSARDNet field-to-desktop: building a wireless cyberinfrastructure for environmental monitoring

Yamamoto K, He Y, Heinrich P, Orange A, Ruggeri B, Wilberger H, Flikkema PG. 2010. WiSARDNet field-to-desktop: building a wireless cyberinfrastructure for environmental monitoring. In van Riper III C, Wakeling BF, Sisk TD editors. The Colorado Plateau IV: Shaping Conservation Through Science and Management. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2010, p. 101–108. [ResearchGate]

ABSTRACT

The technology of wireless sensor networks has enabled new levels of spatial coverage and density in the monitoring of variables important in numerous applications, including ecological research and environmental management. These networks are composed of small, energy-efficient devices that wirelessly collaborate to gather data on temperature, light, s oil moisture, sap flux and other variables over space and time. However, a complete monitoring solution requires the conversion of this data to useful information for a user who may be anywhere in the world. To address this challenge, we have designed a complete Field-to-Desktop system for the acquisition, storage, and visualization of environmental data from a wireless sensor network using industry-standard networking, database, and web development tools. This paper describes the architecture and capabilities of the system and lessons learned from a test implementation at the Arboretum at Flagstaff designed for public outreach.