Smart sensors can be used in a number of applications and are more commonly used than one may think. Some of its major applications include:1
1. Flood and water level monitoring systems to collect data in the case of a natural disaster
2. Environmental monitoring such as monitoring indoor or outdoor air quality
3. Traffic monitoring to determine when traffic signals should be changed
4. Energy monitoring to create cost-saving light systems in buildings
...and many more.
The diagram below shows the basic structural unit of a smart sensor. The communication unit collects environmental data which is stored in memory. The central unit is the microprocessor that manages all of these tasks.
Figure 1: Schematic of a Smart Sensor1
These sensors, through the applications mentioned above, comprise a smart city. The number of smart cities are increasing globally where hundreds can be found in North America, India, and China. At Ambience Data, we believe the Internet of Things, where devices can communicate to one another to create an efficient and balanced system, is the key to successful cities, business, and homes.
Our device, The Sparrow, has an array of sensors that can fit into its compact design for any monitoring application. Its sleek, plug-and-play capabilities make it the ideal environmental monitoring solution. Communications are done via Wi-Fi and GSM to give you live data in the form of graphs and tables.
Figure 2: The Sparrow
The following is what the Sparrow can measure and monitor for:
- Anemometer: To measure wind speed and direction
- Soil moisture: Reduce wastewater to selectively irrigate sectors of farmland
- Luminosity: Know the ideal amount of light needed for plant species to grow
- Motion: Optimize energy efficiency by turning on/off lights based on # of occupants
- Sound: Collect noise pollution data in cities to protect psychological health
- Temperature, humidity, and pressure: Reduce the risk of uncontrolled forest fires
- Particulate matter: Reduce PM levels to prevent long-term respiratory illness
- Carbon dioxide: Ensure safe levels to protect the health of occupants in a building
- Volatile Organic Compounds: Monitor off-gassing in a laboratory environment
Versatility and the ability to make the Sparrow conform to any monitoring need is what makes it unique from other devices on the market. If there is anything not listed on this sensor list that you are interested in monitoring, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can find a customized solution for you.