Developing a remote laboratory for environmental monitoring using mobile technology

Daniel Dunea, Adrian Dunea, Nuno Carlos Lapa dos Santos Nunes, Virgil Moise

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This paper presents the mobile technology utilization in improving the remote access to the data acquisition processes of several automated monitoring system for air quality, water quality, and crop canopy microclimate. The system facilitates mobile environmental management and decision making by using in-situ measurements, GSM/GPRS informational fluxes, Pocket PCs, dGPS and mobile GIS resources. Data is retrieved via GSM/GPRS data modem to remote computer using digital (GSM) phone network. The main outcomes of this study were as follows: 1. designing the hardware, communication and software infrastructure of the system using telemetry features, 2. establishing the wireless connections and remote access from PDAs to the measurement servers, 3. programming and testing specific control virtual instruments (Vis) in NI LabVIEWTM, 4. obtaining a portable solution of statistical analysis and survey with PDA Vi (Virtual Instruments) interfaces for Pocket PC to gather, store, customize and report data combined with statistical processing functions, and 5. identifying mobile GIS applications for the environmental protection. The remote-accessing of the GIS server features, provided in-situ electronically reviews, mark up, and precise measurements of the site pollution plans. One possible solution to overcome the PDA hardware and software restraints is enabling the remote access and control of the DAQ and GIS software resources of the measurement server via internet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalScientific Bulletin of Electrical Engineering Faculty
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Remote Control
  • Pocket PC
  • GPS
  • GIS
  • Virtual Instrumentation


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