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Open-Source Implementation of an Integrated, Low-Cost Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) for developing countries

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B. H. Sudantha,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Faculty of Information Technology
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K. M. H. K. Warnakulasooriya,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Faculty of Information Technology
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Y. P. Jayasuriya,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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G. R. Ratnayaka ,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Town & Country Planning
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P. K. S. Mahanama,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Town & Country Planning
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E. J. Warusavitharana,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Town & Country Planning
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S. N. Weerasinghe

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Town & Country Planning
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Abstract

Whilst widely accepted as an important facet of Open Source technologies and their application, the scientific evaluation of such technologies and systems is often underexplored in research. This work presents an integrated approach of developing a proto-type Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) based on open source hardware & software, and the system’s reliability in terms of data accuracy. The system is able to measure nine environmental parameters: rainfall, temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation, soil moisture and water level. Opposing to sophisticated and conventional environmental data collection systems such as automatic and manual weather stations belong to Meteorological and Irrigation department of Sri Lanka, this research has shown a promising way of establishing a dense coverage to monitor the environmental phenomena in a more cost effective manner.
How to Cite: Sudantha, B.H. et al., (2018). Open-Source Implementation of an Integrated, Low-Cost Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) for developing countries. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal. 6(1), pp.23–29. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/bhumi.v6i1.36
Published on 28 Jun 2018.
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