Design Project



External supervisor / Sponsor: Ryan Flagg, Ocean Networks Canada - (May. 2017)

(Students selecting this project will also need to recruit a Faculty Supervisor to mark the progress reports and final report.)

ONC1 Development of a Purpose-Built WiFi Enabled Data-Logger

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) operates world-leading ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. The observatories collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible.

The use of wireless communications (WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular, etc.) to deliver data directly from individual environmental instruments is quickly becoming widespread. Over the past three years, it has enabled ONC to support data collection for the Pacific Salmon Foundation's "Citizen Science" project through the use of a custom mobile application. ONC would like to extend the potential of this app through the development of a purpose-built WiFi enabled data-logger. The finished design would likely use off-the-shelf components, would need to incorporate a built-in GPS and compass, and would need to consider aspects such as power management, data management, internal memory, communication protocols, and overall form-factor." ONC has funds available for prototype components and hardware.

A successful design will allow for a much broader range of instruments to communicate to ONC at a much lower cost and therefore has the potential to help better serve the environmental monitoring needs of coastal communities throughout Canada, starting with the BC coast and the Canadian Arctic.