Jason Hallstrom: Water Monitoring

I am Jason Hallstrom and I am an associate professor in the Computer Science division of the School of Computing at Clemson University.

The drought emergencies that we see in South Carolina are happening all over the world. What we need is a better way to manage water resources to be sure that water is being used at the right place in the right quantity at the right quality level. To do that, we really need a large amount of data collected throughout the state and that is what the mote stack is going to allow us to do.

A mote stack is a very small, battery-operated computer.  It collects information about the environment, processes that information and then transmits that information.  In a nutshell, it is a small computer with the ability to sense environmental data.

What the mote stack allows us to do is to deploy a very large number of sensors throughout a very large area and to operate that network efficiently. The mote stack is energy-efficient, very small and allows large scale, long-lived sensing.

We are currently working on a project where we are deploying the mote stack to look at the treatment of wastewater. In the future, we are considering the mote stack for intelligent farming, intelligent traffic monitoring, intelligent agriculture; the list is virtually endless.

The same type of technology that is used to monitor rivers can be used to monitor virtually anything within South Carolina or throughout the world. We are really just starting to understand all of the application opportunities that are available.