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Archiving nature’s heartbeat using smart phones

Zhang, Jinglan, Roe, Paul, Pham, Binh L., Mason, Richard, Towsey, Michael W., & Sumitomo, Jiro (2010) Archiving nature’s heartbeat using smart phones. In Wachowicz, Monica (Ed.) Movement-Aware Applications for Sustainable Mobility : Technologyies and Approaches. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 121-138.

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    Abstract

    The impact of urban development and climate change has created the impetus to monitor changes in the environment, particularly, the behaviour, habitat and movement of fauna species. The aim of this chapter is to present the design and development of a sensor network based on smart phones to automatically collect and analyse acoustic and visual data for environmental monitoring purposes. Due to the communication and sophisticated programming facilities offered by smart phones, software tools can be developed to allow data to be collected, partially processed and sent to a remote server over the network for storage and further processing. This sensor network which employs a client-server architecture has been deployed in three applications: monitoring a rare bird species near Brisbane Airport, study of koalas behaviour at St Bees Island, and detection of fruit flies. The users of this system include scientists (e.g. ecologists, ornithologists, computer scientists) and community groups participating in data collection or reporting on the environment (e.g. students, bird watchers). The chapter focuses on the following aspects of our research: issues involved in using smart phones as sensors; the overall framework for data acquisition, data quality control, data management and analysis; current and future applications of the smart phone-based sensor network, and our future research directions.

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    ID Code: 43407
    Item Type: Book Chapter
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    Keywords: Smart Phones, Data Acquisition, Environmental Monitoring, Sensor Network, Mobile Sensor Application, Participatory Monitoring
    DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-769-5
    ISBN: 9781615207695
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500)
    Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IGI Global
    Deposited On: 21 Jul 2011 08:42
    Last Modified: 23 Jul 2011 17:46

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