Floating robots use GPS-enabled smartphones to track water flow

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley want to make tracking the flow of a body of water as simple as tracking other phenomena, like weather patterns or the flow of traffic. In the pursuit of this goal, they have developed the Floating Sensor Network project, a system comprised of 100 motorized devices that measure temperature, salinity, and other information as they drift along a water surface. The fleet of buoys, which was field tested last week, are equipped with a variety of sensors, a GPS device, and a smartphone that relays information back to a monitoring location. During the test, scientists launched the devices into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The resulting data gathered from the river was at a level and resolution never seen before. The project is led by associate professor Alexandre Bayen, a researcher at the UC Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). According to Bayen, the experimental network utilizes existing technology to

Floating robots use GPS-enabled smartphones to track water flow

(Phys.org) -- A fleet of 100 floating robots took a trip down the Sacramento River today (Wednesday, May 9) in a field test organized by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. ...

Thu 10 May 12 from Phys.org

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Smartphones, Floating Robots Used To Track Water Flow

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley want to make tracking the flow of a body of water as simple as tracking other phenomena, like weather patterns or the flow of traffic. ...

Tue 15 May 12 from RedOrbit

Floating robots use GPS-enabled smartphones to monitor water

A fleet of 100 floating robots took a trip down the Sacramento River May 9 in a field test organized [...]

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