Recently I’ve been at the GOSH community call to talk about Hacking Ecology and would like to share here further information about the project.
Since early 2019 we work on the development of new approach of aquatic probes for research and water quality monitoring. Although we have already had many important advances in environmental sensors, there is still a lack of real open and robust systems that cover this specific field.
Currently we are in the COACT Forest Innovation Sprint, a residence in open source technology with a strong socioenvironmental approach and soon we expect to release the code and start the tests together with external validators from a research lab from Brazil and a citizen science group from Spain.
Our objectives are:
1 - To offer a system with “real open source” sensors - it means that it’s not enough for us a sensor to be compatible with microcontrollers. It should be open and without any “behind the scene” processes. Because of this we rejected Atlas Scientific products as a viable alternative for Hacking Ecology system.
2- Security against data loss and scalable database - A distribute and redundant database that ensure data integrity and availability based on Node-red and Apache Kafka.
3- Connectivity and compatibility - Cross-platform, IoT compatible, remote monitoring, time series or single measurements.
We have a long January with a lot of work and exciting to update all community with the advances.
I would like to share our channels (still under construction) and invite everyone interested in joining forces and/or working on similar projects to get in touch.