Autonomous Monitoring of Vulnerable Habitats
There is a new article on the MSR Cambridge project on Skomer Island -Microsoft scientists unveil new technology to give early warning of sensitive species’ response to changing environments. Also interesting is the use of the ScatterWeb .NET SDK from the Freie Universität Berlin.
ScatterWeb .NET SDK is a new approach to working with wireless sensor networks. It hides the complexity of embedded programming and makes it easy to handle objects representing wireless sensors.
In this project, we are developing a number of technologies that we hope will be instrumental in enabling this goal. We are currently using this system on Skomer Island to monitor the behaviour of the Manx Shearwater.
In close collaboration with Oxford University and the Freie Universitat Berlin, we have developed an innovative system that can autonomously monitor animals and their habitats. Using a combination of wireless sensor networks and innovative software we are able to intelligently gather data from remote locations, relaying it back for local storage and processing and allow remote reconfiguration of the network by research scientists.