AINA (Automated Information on Nature Attributes) is an electronic sensor field laboratory built on the Intel® Edison IoT platform. The acronym, "AINA", references the a Hawaiian word for land or place.
Our project is a proof of concept for a re-configurable sensor platform or field lab kit that can collect environmental data, utilizing the Intel Edison processor. The lab can be run on battery/solar completely offline. It uses a store and forward approach to minimize reliance on network availability. The “store and forward approach” starts with the data being collected and stored locally. It then is transferred to a mobile device via bluetooth connection, and then later transferred to a (web) datastore. This offline collection and transfer is essential for remote placement of the platform.
This project was built as part of the INTEL® IOT Invitational contest. We were provided with the Environmental & Agriculture kit. We were fortunate to also have a variety of Grove sensors and shields available from the Many Labs: Sensors for Students Kickstarter and our own Grove Indoor Environment Kit for Intel® Edison. We also had a Sparkfun Starter Pack for Edison available, which allowed us to do some parallel development.
There are a number of loose ends in the project, not the least of which is a proper environmental housing. Design of a proper housing requires careful consideration of the sensors selected, providing them with both protection from and access to the environment they are measuring. There are also a number of Edison related configuration issues to be resolved.
The main components of this project are:
- Intel Edison with Kit for Arduino
- Variety of Sensors
- Development Environment
- Mobile Device with Bluetooth ftp capability
- Software to perform functions on the Edison
- environmental enclosure
- solar battery and charger
The Intel® Edison is a small linux microcomputer marketed for Internet of Things products. It provides basic computing, communications & storage functions. It supports a wide range of sensors and devices. Intel has been pushing it heavily into the maker market. It is not clear how much marketing is to established industrial developers. Most of the literature and forums available on the web seem to be for small entrepreneurial or hobby builders.