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 gain the benefits in terms of scalability, integration, management and robustness. To get to this point we had to develop and test the 868MHz low power radio over the area, test early versions of emerging standards and make test hardware/sensors. The 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 ARM Cortex processors with a specialist ESN board is a step in the right direction. You can watch our 2017 AGU talk and an IPv6 talk at the IET and see the papers section for our 6LowPAN at SAI, Sensys 2016 and peat investigations.
This project was funded by the NERC Technology Proof of Concept programme.