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Low cost sensors workshop

July 5


The increasing interest in the Internet of things and the drive for ‘sensors everywhere’ has resulted in an increased requirement for low cost sensors. This is beginning to become a reality partly due to increased global competition in the sensor supply market. Although sensor cost reductions in the water and environmental monitoring sector has been achieved in recent years, it is debateable as to whether this has been significant enough to impact on numbers of sensors fitted or deployed.

This SWIG Low Cost Sensor workshop aimed to address where the Water Utility and Environmental Monitoring sectors currently stand in use of low cost sensors, and provide some case studies demonstrating how water and catchment management have benefited so far from advances in this area. Examples from other industry sectors were also presented to provide an insight into benefits gained within these sectors, and inform on how these can be translated into water monitoring requirements. Within this theme, the workshop also included presentations from academics working on novel inexpensive sensors to provide some foresight into sensor systems for the (near) future.

Chaired by: Justin Dunning, Chelsea Technologies Group

Kindy hosted by: Impactech, University of Southampton

Presentations can be downloaded in pdf format from the links below:

  1. Insights from high-pressure data. Catalina Pedraza, Thames Water
  2. Low cost smart water meters. Yvonne Ryan, Thames Water 
  3. How to design a smart water meter – challenges and opportunities. Dan Simmons
  4. Keeping it Simple – From Sensor to Screen. Brian Back, Radio Data Networks
  5. IoT for Smarter Energy & Utilities and its role in the evolution of industry. Adam Jones, IBM 
  6. Low cost, autonomous sensor systems for the monitoring of nutrients in water. Eoin Murray, TE Labs
  7. Low Cost Sensor in Development. Adrian Nightingale, University of Southampton [permission not possible at this point in time due to imminent publication]



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