Event Title

Application of Wireless Technologies in Environmental and Ecological Research

Presenter Information

Kelly S. Lewis

Location

ECC 303/305

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/htm/conference/past-spring-runoff-conferences

Start Date

5-4-2007 2:10 PM

End Date

5-4-2007 2:30 PM

Description

Data acquisition and measurement instrumentation are commonplace in today's environmental and ecological research. The use of specially designed loggers has increased the amount point-specific information available. Prohibitive costs of setting up a large sensor network coupled with the complexity of configuring such a system have limited the use spatially distributed measurements. With the advent of wireless technologies, the potential for more spatially distributed measurements suggests more intelligent network management will be required. This has driven the development of modern radio technologies that facilitate automated ad hoc networking with reduced power requirements which can reduce networking complexity and user costs. I will discuss the latest developments in wireless technologies including types of radios and their protocols, data transfer rates, and transmission distance. The physics behind signal loss due to weather and vegetation will also be addressed. The benefits and drawbacks of each type of radio will be classified and presented. Finally, an example where a wireless network could have saved considerable time and cost in an existing ‘wired’ network will be presented.

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Apr 5th, 2:10 PM Apr 5th, 2:30 PM

Application of Wireless Technologies in Environmental and Ecological Research

ECC 303/305

Data acquisition and measurement instrumentation are commonplace in today's environmental and ecological research. The use of specially designed loggers has increased the amount point-specific information available. Prohibitive costs of setting up a large sensor network coupled with the complexity of configuring such a system have limited the use spatially distributed measurements. With the advent of wireless technologies, the potential for more spatially distributed measurements suggests more intelligent network management will be required. This has driven the development of modern radio technologies that facilitate automated ad hoc networking with reduced power requirements which can reduce networking complexity and user costs. I will discuss the latest developments in wireless technologies including types of radios and their protocols, data transfer rates, and transmission distance. The physics behind signal loss due to weather and vegetation will also be addressed. The benefits and drawbacks of each type of radio will be classified and presented. Finally, an example where a wireless network could have saved considerable time and cost in an existing ‘wired’ network will be presented.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/runoff/2007/AllAbstracts/27