Broadband technologies have an increasingly important role to play in the protection of built and natural resources, and to transform how we interact with the environment.
The use of broadband-enabled sensor networks to monitor the environment can provide useful feedback to ensure scarce resources are managed in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, high-speed broadband has the capacity to empower consumers to manage their impact in their local environment. The use of sensor networks and broadband technologies are increasingly important in the protection of both built and natural resources, including during disastrous events.
Over time all of these monitoring uses produce vast amounts of data that must be aggregated using broadband and processed to provide information about resource allocation or warnings of unpredictable events. IBES has competed a number of research projects in environmental monitoring exploring how to harness broadband networks to enable better management of limited resources, and to protect people and property from disastrous events.
- High resolution monitoring of atmospheric pollutants to identify their impact on population health
- Mitigating human elephant conflict through an engineering approach
- Data assimilation and bushfire modelling for early and rapid bushfire detection using broadband technology
- Demand response in smart grids
- Early detection and mitigation of disastrous events with broadband-enabled social interaction technologies
- Gardens of tomorrow in broadband-enabled neighbourhoods
- Online decision support for crop irrigation