Project Summary

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term given to the concept of “smart” internet connected devices. This project aims to use cutting edge technology to study the environment and in particular to deploy a pilot system on the Cairngorm plateau for observing hydrological, peatland and frozen ground processes.

By using the Internet Protocols throughout the sensor network we will be able to investigate the benefits in terms of human interfaces, management and robustness. To get to this point we had to test the 868MHz low power radio over the area, test early versions of emerging standards and make test hardware/sensors. This proof of concept project has laid the foundations for new IoT sensing research as well as showing its potential for use in the earth sciences. It is not only the data infrastructure that needs improvements in the future but the node hardware and OS. Our final system using Cortex M3 processors with a specialist ESN board is a step in the right direction. Here is a recent IPv6 talk at the IET. There is a paper on our 6LowPAN at SAI, also a short summary in a paper at Sensys 2016. Also a paper on the peat investigations.

This project was funded by the NERC Technology Proof of Concept programme.