WiSE - a satellite-based system for remote monitoring

Sajid Nazir*, Gorry Fairhurst, Fabio Verdicchio

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Recent technological advancements in sensors, processors and communications technology make it viable to perform digital acquisition of environmental data from remote locations. Declining costs and miniaturisation of electronics and sensors have enabled design of systems for intelligent remote monitoring. These advances pave the way for new tools to support field work by virtually extending researchers' reach to the field study area from the comfort of their offices. The Wireless Internet Sensing Environment project developed an architecture providing control and retrieval of data from networked sensors and cameras at a remote location using Internet backhaul. Satellite connectivity enabled this equipment to be deployed to remote locations to support an ecological application. This paper describes architecture and innovative design features for this challenging problem space, including motion event detection, power management and a method to upload collected data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-214
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking
Issue number3
Early online date17 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Bibliographical note

The research described here is supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, reference: EP/G066051/1. URL: http://www.dotrural.ac.uk/WiSE/.The authors thank Dr Rene Van der Wal for his support during the project. The authors also acknowledge the partnership with James Hutton Institute (JHI), Aberdeen, and thank Dr Scott Newey and Dr Justin Irvine for their contribution.


  • Internet of Things
  • Network protocols
  • Remote monitoring
  • Satellite backhauling
  • Terminal power management
  • WiFi


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