NXTGenW

Next Generation of a wireless monitoring system using Mesh and Internet of Things (IoT) Technology for Water Monitoring.

CLEMSON PSA WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY PROPOSAL

 

 “ This Water Monitoring system provides supportive research and education to establish an accurate understanding of the state’s water resources the implications for increased demand for water.”

Project abstract

  Project: Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of this proposal is to provide accurate real-time essential and hydrological data to understand the state’s water resources to better manage thereby optimizing water resource allocation. It is apparent that the need of a water research program is very important. The program that focus in monitoring this important resource that encompasses water basin. Availability of accurate, real-time, information is critical to understanding the ground water resources.

The proposal is an integrated research and extension addressing the “Water Monitoring” priority area of the program supporting water resource research, management and technology.

To develop the next generation of Wireless Monitoring System (NXTGENW) using mesh and Internet of Things (Iot) technology which comprise of in-situ sensors.

To evaluate the performance of NXTGenW in terms of real-time data integrity and up-time.

Prepare to implement an aggressive outreach training and educational program to facilitate the adoption of the new system (NXTGenW) for wireless monitoring of essential hydrological information.

Duration of the Project: Months

The proposed work has a huge impact both within Clemson and nationwide. The new technology developed from this proposal will serve as the medium of future collaborative work in other state. It has a lot of potential to be adopted across the country.

Locations

The NXTGenW will be deployed on three different locations:

Clemson

Clemson Main Campus (34.675300, -82.834666)

Edisto

Edisto REC (33.352173, -81.311358)

Coastal

Coastal REC (32.788430, -80.068368)

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data integrity and uptime validation

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  Background

One of the most critical global challenges will be increasing the food and fiber production with less water. While the world’s population increases, the use of renewable water resources has grown tremendously. Water is the most consume world resources and has a lot of impact on the country’s economy. It is vital resource of a vibrant economy. In the next 30 years, the world population is expected to increase by 50%. This population growth will drive industrialization and urbanization which will result in increase demand for water. The main problem is that the water source and its demand is not always in line. As the water demand increases, the water source is either the same or decreasing. Competition for limited water resources is one of the pressing issues that need to be addressed today. The effect of population growth is draining the watersheds and if not address, will have a catastrophic outcome (decrease in food production, manufacturing, impacts on biodiversity, and health issues due to water scarcity).

Abundant surface and groundwater are essential to the success of South Carolina’s $42 billion agriculture and natural resources economy. The increase of extreme weather events over the past ten years has raised concerns about the current level of understanding regarding South Carolina’s water resources. As South Carolina began a concerted effort to develop a comprehensive water plan, government agencies and policy makers required a deeper understanding of surface water within the state’s eight major basins, as well as groundwater in near-surface and deep aquifers.

It is apparent that the need of a water research program is very important. The program that focus in monitoring this important resource that encompasses water basin. Availability of accurate, real-time, information is critical to understanding the ground water resources.

This research and extension project propose to develop and deploy the next generation of wireless monitoring system using mesh and Internet of Things (IoT) technology which comprise of in-situ sensors. The system (NXTGenW) will stream real-time essential and hydrological data which can be used to visualize water resources online. A dashboard of the real-time data will be created similar to the one found in the test site of e-Aqua (Project on sensor-based irrigation which started from the Schmidt Foundation and CURF grants)

 

 The NXTGenW will provide real-time data visualization to essential environmental information which can be use in managing water resources. It is anticipated that any technological advances would be woven into the Intelligent River enterprise.

The long-term goal of this proposal is to utilize the Sensor & Automation Lab (SAL) core competency in developing automated system and sensors, to demonstrate the next generation of wireless monitoring system which can be easily expanded to cover large area of water in South Carolina.

Technology

 

Built to Last

Mesh and Internet of Things

WhO  we are

Investigators

Joe Mari J. Maja, Ph.D.
Lead Investigator
Electrical and Computer Engineer with expertise in precision agriculture, sensors, and instrumentation.

Research Sensor Engineer
Edisto Research & Education Center
Phone: 803-284-3343 ext. 236
Email:
jmaja at clemson.edu

Calvin Sawyer, Ph.D.
Co- Investigator

Associate Professor
Agricultural Sciences Department
Clemson University
A Water Resources Specialist with Clemson Cooperative Extension
Phone: 864-656-4072
Email: calvins at clemson.edu