Thingy AQ: The Wildland Fire Sensor

Thingy AQ: The Wildland Fire Sensor system overview

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The system comprises of multiple Sensors Nodes and a Central Receiving Unit. Communications between the Sensor Nodes and the Central Receiving Unit utilize LoRa (Long Range Low Power) radio technology that offers a compelling mix of long range and low power consumption.  The system has been designed to be lightweight and easily deployable by a single, non-specialist operator and to be suitable for harsh environments. The prototype Thingy:AQ systems contains two main system components:

Thingy:AQ Sensor Nodes.  These battery-powered Sensor Nodes (SN) measure air pollutants including fine particulate matter PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and ozone. The Sensor Nodes also measure air temperature, humidity and geo-location data. A unique System ID identifying the Sensor Node, latitude, longitude and System Error status are stored on the Sensor Node and are transmitted in real time over long distance utilizing a LoRa encoded radio link.

Thingy:AQ Central Receiving Unit. The central receiving unit (CRU), a physical system, receives and centrally records data from multiple remote Sensor Nodes and provides a USB port for interfacing into third party presentation platforms.

Sensor mounted to an optional mast and with a solar panel







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