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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

Posted By Al Bredenberg On April 1, 2013 @ 11:02 am In Air quality,clean tech,DIY,green gadgets,green technology | 1 Comment

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An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB [2], a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things [3]. According to Hack a Day [4], the project, Pollux’NZ City, is the brainchild of a pair of engineers at the firm who have been working on it as a side project for a couple of years. They have just decided to make the hardware and software open-source, with details available at a GitHub repository [5].



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The system consists of two components, a sensory module and a gateway module. The sensory device, or “autonomous measuring module,” is built from an Arduino unit with a ZigBee radio device, a battery pack, a solar panel to charge the battery, and a network of sensors. The sensory module includes sensors for PM10 pollution (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter), temperature (-40C to +100C), sound (50 to 90 dB), nitrogen, and oxygen. The gateway module uses ZigBee radio to communicate with and control the operation of a group of sensors, then sends data over the Internet to the back-end system for storage and processing.

CKAB says [7] the system is designed to be easy to build and maintain. Source code of the first prototype of Pollux’NZ City is available through the GitHub site [5]. The inventors are testing the system in the south of France in cooperation with the French public research institution INRIA [8].

+ Pollux’NZ City Project [5]

Via Hack a Day [4]


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[2] CKAB: http://ckab.com/

[3] Internet of Things: http://inhabitat.com/new-report-predicts-the-internet-of-things-could-offset-9-billion-tons-of-carbon-emissions/

[4] According to Hack a Day: http://hackaday.com/2013/03/15/deploying-an-open-source-pollution-monitoring-network/

[5] GitHub repository: http://github.com/hackable-devices/polluxnzcity

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[7] CKAB says: http://ckab.com/polluxnz-city

[8] INRIA: http://www.inria.fr/

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