Scientists track glaciers with RF 'pebbles'
June 21, 2004
BBC News reports: 'Wireless pebbles' track glaciers:
Glacial scientists trying to understand more about how the huge bodies of ice behave have made use of innovative wireless "electronic pebbles" to help.Not unlike what we've seen in the past as applications for sensor-connected Active RFID tags broadcasting information about e.g. the temperature or other stats of freight containers, these sensors track parameters about their surroundings and report back through radio signals as well as SMS, according to the BBC report.
It is the first time wireless sensors have been used in glaciers to collect information and transmit it instantly over the net to computers elsewhere.
- Press release form University of Southampton
- More information about the probes being used by the Glacsweb project
- Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends: Wireless Sensors Monitor Glacier Behavior
- Dr Kirk Martinez & Dr Jane K. Hart: An autonomous multi-sensor probe for taking measurements under glaciers
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