Using RFID to Save Australia’s Wilderness
Several Australian organizations are working to monitor local temperature, humidity, soil conditions, wind speed, and even animal species with the help of RFID. Scientists in Brisbane, Queensland, will be using data taken from RFID-enabled sensor nodes to measure changes in environmental factors at Springbook National Park in an effort to uncover new ways to restore endangered rainforests. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforest, a UNESCO world heritage site, and is home to a many of Australia’s diverse genera of flora and fauna. Over the next 3 years, up to 200 wireless nodes will be installed in the park and provide detailed measurements of the park’s conditions. The wireless sensor network (WSN) currently includes 10 solar-powered detectors that automatically send the information to a central database in Brisbane.