BTV Waterfront's Low Power Environmental Sensor Network

This summer, we teamed up with UVM’s Reubenstein Lab and installed a LoRa Radio on the ECHO Center building to expand our waterfront monitoring capacity. The main benefit of this technology is that we are able to collect data for remote monitoring with minimal bandwidth, making this the most cost-effective way to integrate water monitoring in the lake with Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies. 

To the right is the map of the range of our new monitoring capacity (This is as much as we have range tested – we almost certainly have a greater range than this.)

This October 12th, we hosted a Build-a-Buoy Workshop as part of our ongoing Vermont Smart Water Initiative. We will began work rehabilitating a scientific buoy and fitting it with a variety of sensors to connect to our LoRaWAN radio.  We plan on getting it out into the lake after the thaw in the spring.