The system node developed by IMMS is used as communications infrastructure for many applications. Photograph: IMMS.
The system node developed by IMMS is used as communications infrastructure for many applications. Photograph: IMMS.

Voices from industry and academia

Dr.-Ing. Jan Bumberger, UFZ

”We needed to solve a problem for the GCEF research project, Global Change Environmental Facility – to find a way of collecting data over a wide area at a minimum price with minimum disruption on installation: data on air and land humidity, incidence of light, and temperature.

IMMS’ many years of experience in wireless detection sensor networks were a significant help to us. They had a platform which they further developed so that we were able to transmit the data required to TERENO, the European environmental data base, indeed even more than the basic data. With IMMS we were able to find hardware and software solutions of particular importance to long-term recording of open-air data. In the open air, the sensors have, of course to be weatherproof, but also it is necessary to position the nodes correctly, to provide long-term and flexible electricity supply as well as energy-efficient operation.

The IMMS researchers adapted their solutions seamlessly to our demands even when we changed them on the basis of experience, and, what is more, they coped with new demands on our part. For example, one of the plug-in modules they developed for our project will act as a location-finder using GPS; and memory that they integrated into the sensors will act as back-up data storage if communications break down.

We are more than satisfied with the solution and have been able to use the platform with great flexibility in a variety of situations. Collaborating with such a committed partner was great. We are looking forward to a resumption at the earliest opportunity.“

Dr.-Ing. Jan Bumberger, researcher at the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ). Photograph: André Künzelmann, UFZ.

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