Emergence of IoT in Singapore
For years now, Singapore has been known as the technology hub of Asia. Technological drives such as Smart Nation initiative is helping cutting edge technologies be accessible to public. But are we really targeting the right audience? In order to complete the vision, it is extremely important to have schools and educational institutions involved as well.
These days most educational institutions take a hands-on approach in teaching all the subjects. For students as well it is enriching to see and hear things from close quarters during their field visits. It is a cliche but I do believe that a picture speaks for a thousand words. IoT is one area where students could be taught of its impact across verticals, from agriculture and building automation to healthcare and manufacturing. In fact, students could be trained to use the benefits of IoT within the school campus itself. IoT can help schools to enhance safety & security measures, monitor environment, track resources and get more insights into the overall operations.
Student’s knowledge should be enriched with all the leading technologies in the world and unfortunately the school curriculum won’t always give a correct picture of the real world and the challenges awaiting them. The gap is huge but can be bridged with the help of a booster dose into the world of IoT.
Ripples IOT has recently launched customizable IoT starter kits for schools.
Why Ripples IOT starter kit is different?
Ripples IOT starter kit comes with a wireless sensor module, an industrial standard gateway and a visualization tool license, all in one package and at an affordable price range for educational institutions. Our wireless module is an indigenously developed product and is completely weather, dust and water proof. Our visualization software can be configured in such a way that it could be installed inside the gateway, school server or even in cloud platforms.
Now a days there are lot of analytics and intelligence platforms for the students to interpret the data. Another major feature is that our wireless module can run on solar power with Li-Ion battery as backup. So, there is no need for periodic inspections to change batteries or to check for loose wires. Being completely wireless, the data can be accessed from around 80 m line of sight, let me also remind that this range can be increased by installing repeaters.
Is it difficult to install?
Absolutely not, you will be provided complete documentations to guide you in hardware and software installations. All our products are in DIY format, but our clients can avail direct on-site engineer support for guidance and training during implementation at a very nominal cost.
Are there any add-ons?
Ripples IOT also offers indoor environment monitoring module as an add-on. This wireless module can monitor parameters such as air quality, dust level, differential pressure, light levels, VOC presence, CO2 levels etc. inside your institution buildings. Studies suggest that the surrounding air quality levels have a direct impact on human productivity and efficiency. Ideally you want the air quality levels to be excellent at educational institutions. We also provide condition monitoring kits to detect maintenance issues in machines like gensets, air conditioner etc.
Have you installed this at any educational institution?
We have successfully implemented a wireless weather station module at one of the higher secondary schools in Singapore. Meteorology is one such topic where aspiring kids can learn more about the impact of changing weather conditions right from their computer screens. They can evaluate the correlation between various environmental parameters and perhaps even inspire them to take up a career in meteorology.
What were the challenges faced?
A weather station module can monitor temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall. The challenge is to install the module at a place where all these parameters can be correctly monitored. The most ideal place to install the module is in the terrace or roof of your institution. The major reason being that it won’t be accessible to students easily also two the wind speed could be correctly calculated a slightly higher altitude. Wired weather stations would have cables hanging around which may be sometimes dangerous for the students. Another issue is having a low cost full-stack solution which consists of both hardware and visualization tool. Usually when we purchase those DIY weather station kits it just comes with plain software to export data.
If you want a live onsite demo for our low cost wireless meteorology monitoring module or any of our starter kit module for educational purposes, please feel free to contact us.