The Queensland Government Accelerate Grant supports research organisations to undertake practical applied science and research projects for Queensland. James Cook University, CoastalCOMS, Taggle & Townsville City Council in alliance successfully applied for the grant project Sensor-Q which brings together world-leading technology from industry and academia – data management and analytics expertise from CoastalCOMS, telemetry solutions from Taggle and sensor expertise from James Cook University, in order to develop a unique end-to-end water monitoring, analysis and management solution for Townsville City Council. JCU CI's include Prof. Ian Atkinson and A/Prof. Mohan Jacob. Dr Scott Mills is the program manager.
Sensor-Q has two core objectives:
- the development of a low-cost technology for the monitoring, analysis and management of water quality in urban creeks and streams
- the development of a low-cost system for monitoring of urban water usage for sustainable management of water resources
At the conclusion of this project, an integrated, low-cost system for monitoring water quality in creeks and streams, as well as urban water use will be operational and delivered to the Townsville City Council.
A short video describing our Mk 1 hardware solution is available here: https://youtu.be/A81j_C7vc-o