The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute owns many water energy meters that monitor electric irrigation pump energy usage. They collect and transmit data via a cellular modem component of the meter.
However, cellular connectivity is often poor in rural areas, and some meters are unable to establish the connection needed to transmit the data and the meters have no storage functionality, so any data that fails to send due to poor cellular connectivity is lost.
To address this problem, a team of Nebraska Engineering students in their senior design capstone course, developed an easily reproducible hardware-software data pipeline that enables farmers to retrieve, store, and visualize water pump energy measurements without relying on cellular connections.
The solution is a three-part data pipeline that transfers data from the meters to the cloud. In addition to the data pipeline, the web application provides admin functionality to manage all users, meters, and data.
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