Center for IoT Engineering and Innovation
Enabling urban and rural communities to develop, deploy and manage IOT based solutions to address environmental, health, infrastructure, and economic challenges
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Develops and manages the Environmental Sensing Data Network (ESDN) enabling users to easily deploy and manage sensors in support of research, education, and civic projectsLearn more about ESDN
Staff and affiliates research improvements in IOT technologies and their application to real life use cases
Manages the IOT innovation lab where researchers, educators and partners can build and test IOT end devices and solutions
Provides in person and remote training on specific IOT topics. Develops IOT curriculum for K-12 and higher-ed
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In collaboration with the NSF funded CoPE project we started to expand the LoRaWAN coverage along the Tar river to enable researchers and citizens to better understand the environmental factors affecting life along its basin. Our newest gateway was deployed with the generous help of the city of Washington. We look forward to expanding our footprint through similar collaborations with local communities.
The CIEI team had a strong presence at the annual ASEE Southeast conference. Our CTO Colby Sawyer presented two papers reflecting our LoRaWAN work in support of the platform and in support of education. The two sessions were well received and provided us with the opportunity to meet researchers with similar interests who want to learn more about our IoT platform and collaborate on new projects. We are excited to continue to build the out the community of users
CIEI was invited to present at LoRaWAN Live, an international event showcasing LoRaWAN innovation. This will be a great opportunity to showcase the progress we have made and the vision going forward. It will also be an opportunity to meet with many of our partners and collaborators.
CIEI was excited to host the Pitt county management team to review our ESDN platform and discuss opportunities to partner around the development of IoT solutions addressing the needs of the community. It was exciting to see our county's leadership 's passion for innovation, for finding ways to improve our community in sustainable ways. Mrs. Janis Gallagher, Pitt County Manager stated "Thanks again to you and your team for your time and presentation yesterday. It is exactly this type of connection and collaboration that can have the greatest positive impact on our community. ". We look forward to working with Mrs. Gallagher's team to identify topics of interest and to apply ECU's expertise and the ESDN platform towards developing effective solutions to pressing problems faced by our county.
Representatives from the city of Greenville and the Greenville Utilities Commission visited the Center for IoT engineering and Innovation to lean about the Environmental Sensing Data Network and opportunities to collaborate on the development of IoT based solutions for the local community. Amongst the participants were city manager Mrs. Ann Wall, deputy city manager Mr. Michal Cowin, assistant city manager Mr. Ken Graves, director of IT Mr. Matt Haga, director of public works, Mr. Kevin Mulligan, engineering director Mrs. Lisa Kirby, fire-rescue chief Mr. Carson Sanders, police department chief Mr. Ted Sauls, recreation and parks director Mr. Don Octigan and assistant director of public works Mr. Kevin Heifferon. The Greenville Utilities Commission was represented by director of IT Mr. Andy Anderson and operations support manager Mr. Kevin Keyzer.
The CIEI team reviewed the many resources available at ECU to support IoT innovation and to provide examples of possible potential projects on the current footprint of ESDN. Along with the ESDN platform, the center provides support for technology integration, it can bring subject matter experts from across ECU to help with the development of solutions and it can leverage students to support implementation. The event included a visit to the ESDN Network Operations Center where our guests could see how the platform is being monitored and managed.
The questions and points raised by the city officials demonstrated their commitment to constantly searching for solutions to the issues faced by the city, to improving the health and well-being of the community. The city of Greenville management team is committed to innovation and collaborating with East Carolina University which opens the door for a partnership with significant positive results for the community.
We are looking for two undergraduate researchers to work on the following roles Support of research activities includes, but is not limited to, the following tasks: Data Management for IoT Services Researcher InfluxDB Onboarding (Parsing), Grafana/InfluxDB Dashboard creation, Query Script writer (based on individual project needs) Sensor Integration/IoT Systems Researcher Sensor device integrations (physical connections and matching software), Python Scripting, Analyze various IoT transport technologies (LoraWAN, Z-Wave, Zigbee), Firmware development (C Language), Configure various hardware platforms to meet requirements for IoT implementation.
The CIEI team in collaboration with Dr. Sinan Sousan in the Department of Public Health and his research team integrated three types of low-cost air quality sensors with the ESDN Compute Shim. This integration facilitated the easy field deployment of the sensors and the collection of live data through the ESDN platform. The main goal of the project is to evaluate and calibrate low-cost sensors against more expensive equipment and assess their accuracy and reliability in the field. Three ESDN compute shims (CS) were deployed, each connected to three low-cost sensors, one of each sensor types. The CS connect to ESDN where data is collected and displayed for analysis. Two expensive, highly accurate air quality sensors were deployed at the same location as references. The secondary goal of the project is to explore the feasibility of miniaturized, LoRa connected air quality sensors that could be used to collect environmental information with the help of local communities. This concept will be explored once the evaluation of the low-cost, small form factor air quality sensors is completed. Stay tunned for updates and results!
The Environmental Sensing Data Network (ESDN) was architected from day one to support four use cases: 1. Bring your own sensor and we will connect it to the ESDN LoRaWAN network with the help of the compute shim 2. Bring your LoRaWAN enabled sensor and we will connect it to the ESDN network 3. Bring your entire sensor deployment with its own communication network (for example cellular) and we will bring the collected data live into ESDN 4. Bring your own data sets and we will import them into ESDN For the past year we worked hard to deploy the LoRaWAN infrastructure and to set up the service that supports the first three scenarios. We recently demonstrated the support of Scenario 4 by continually importing data from a Zentra database through HTTP API requests. This implementation supports on of our user groups, enabling them to bring together data collected from legacy infrastructures and data collected over the ESDN network. This integration brings us one step closer to our goal of making ESDN a central repository of research data, a platform for collaboration regardless of the way data is collected.
The new CIEI community forum is now available. We are extremely excited to get the conversations started! Look out for new updates and information here and our forum. Visit Our Community Forum
Today we setup the first production sensing node for the Coastal and People (CoPE 2021) NSF project led by the Water Resources Center. The node is solar powered and connects a Hydros 21 water level sensor to the ESDN data collection and visualization infrastructure. The power plant and the LoRaWAN communications shim integration was tested in the ESDN labs and it is the result of the collaboration with the Water Resources Center.
This first iteration of the node features a modular design with discrete components encased and interconnected. This approach facilitates troubleshooting and future design optimizations.
We are excited to see the CoPE project move into production and look forward to the deployment of a string of gateways and a significant number of nodes in the near future."
We are excited to announce that the Environmental Sensing Data Network (ESDN) is now operational and onboarding projects. With two gateways covering the Main and Medical campuses, ESDN enables educators and researchers to easily deploy sensors in support of their work. We will soon organize a set of seminars to provide more information about way to leverage ESDN but in the meantime, feel free to contact us with questions. We are excited about the great projects who already signed up for our infrastructure and about the projects that will soon follow.
We are excited to announce that the Center for IOT Engineering and Innovation was accepted as an institutional member of the LoRa Alliance; an open, non-profit worldwide organization supporting and promoting the adoption of LoRaWANLearn More
A new gateway has been installed at the YMCA Camp Seagull. Enabling many research teams along the Neuse River to harness to the power of ESDN.
The team traveled south to Lake Mattamuskeet to install and test the first round of integrated tipping-bucket rain sensors.
The first wave of testing has begun. Sensor have been deployed 4000ft from the first gateway!
We are very excited to have the first ESDN LoRa Gateway installed on the roof of the Science and Technology building. We have two more coming in soon!
Aims to be control treatment cell management using remote input and based on water quality, water level, and weather forecasts.Randall Etheridge (Principal Investigator) Email
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Millennial Campus Planning & Local Comm Affairs, ECU Brewster Building A-212
Associate Professor Department of Technology Systems, College of Engineering and Technology, East Carolina University
Department of Public Health at ECU and North Carolina Agromedicine Institute