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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.

Project Overview:

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.

Our setup:

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

Intel® Edison

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.

Step 1: The Electronics: Edison and Sensors

The Invitational contest selected a subset of the Grove Sensors available from SeedStudio. The Grove system provides a common 4 wire connection between a Shield (interface board to microcomputer) and a sensor demonstration board. SeedStudio makes Grove Starter Kits for a wide range of microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone, Photon, LaunchPad, Mbed, etc). Unfortunately, the contest did not supply the interface shield. Fortunately, we had several, along with one from the Grove Starter kit.

Sensors Provided by Intel:

We received the "Environment and Agricultural Kit" as for our part of the contest. Included in this Kit: (links to SeedStudio store page, which links to their wiki)

Additional Sensors Used:

We augmented this with a selection of Grove sensors from the Grove Indoor Environment Kit, and our stock of grove sensors. Some of the sensors tested/used include:

There are (currently) 53 products listed in the SeedStudio catalog for Grove.

<p>Excellent write up and details. Exactly how a well done instructable ought to be. Congrats all!</p>
<p>Voted. Voting page: https://www.instructables.com/contest/intel/</p>
<p>Congrats to Maui Makers and the students of Kihei Charter High School for such a fantastic, well documented project!</p>
<p>Great job! Project goes through the entire development process of a stand alone system. Great documentation and links. It shows your teams efforts and professional work.</p>
<p>So much great info here! and such a cool project!</p>

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