Open sensing will be launching a crowd-funding project on Monday 25 November, 2019 (via the Australian crowd-funding platform Pozible) to raise funds to develop an Australian/New Zealand version of the senseBox – one of the most successful and award-winning open-source initiatives in the research field of Citizen Science.
The senseBox is an open sensory device that when connected to a Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) gateway, is able to collect and forward real-time data relating to: temperature; humidity; barometric pressure; UV and ambient light; and fine particular matter.
The senseBox has exciting possibilities for the education sector, in particular for students aged 10 and over. Data collected locally and accessed from across the world via opensensemap.org can be integrated into curriculum studies including: Weather, climate and climate change; Light and environmental pollution; Internet of Things; Measurement and evaluation; computer science; and graphical programming.
The senseBox was developed in the context of Citizen Science research at the Institute of Geoinformatics at the University of Münster, Germany. This research aimed to establish a large and close-meshed sensor network with the help of public participation, in order to facilitate access to environmental data for both scientists and the public.