Real-time Water Quality Monitoring and Sensing by a Smart Autonomous Surface Vessel

Technology Overview

The technology described herein is a smart robotic autonomous platform and water sampler, with the ability to operate with minimal manual support. The platform constantly monitors the water quality of the entire water body as it propels around, increasing the efficiency of water sampling while reducing the costs involved. It utilises a cloud-based network to feed the data collected in real-time to the User for analysis, as well as incorporating various intelligent mission planning algorithms which then decides the next best route it should take to collect the necessary data. The platform aims to ensure that this important resource - water - remains optimal and safe to use, drink and enjoy, while reducing the carbon footprint to the environment.

Technology Features & Specifications

  • Communication interfaces: SMS, 3G/4G, Wi-Fi (802.11g 2.4 GHz),
  • Control & navigation: autonomous (GPS based), 2.4 GHz Radio Transceiver,
  • Software & user interface: Cloud based,
  • Endurance: 8 to 12 hours (depending on mission setup),
  • Data storage: 128 GB,
  • Supported sensors: GPS, compass, camera, echo sounder,
  • Supported water quality probes: Eureka Manta2, YSI 6000,
  • Collection of water samples for further analysis,
  • Intelligent mission planning.

Potential Applications

This technology is applicable in the following industries:

  • Water quality monitoring for:
  • Lakes
  • Reservoirs
  • Fish farming

Customer Benefits

  • Real-time data for an entire water body
  • More economical and eco-friendly as compared to manual sampling
  • Patterns monitoring, giving an indication of any seasonal changes, and enhancing the efficiency of water monitoring
  • Quick detection of abnormality so that it can be acted upon quickly, therefore saving on treatment and water itself

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