Intelesense has several ongoing projects in the Hawaiian Islands. Initial development and testing of the InteleCell and InteleNet technologies was done in an extremely rugged and biologically rich region of North Kauai. With rainfall of over 600 inches a year, high winds, and steep terrain, the environment presented a worst case scenario for deploying self-powered remote monitoring networks. In addition to our early work in Hawaii, we have been involved in several conservation and environmental monitoring projects, as well as educational outreach and community involvement.
Conservation and Environmental Monitoring
Working with the University of Hawaii Center for Conservation Research and Training (CCRT) as well as the University of Hawaii NSF EPSCoR program, Intelesense has deployed weather stations and water quality sensors on the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii to help establish baseline indicators of ecosystem health in minimally impacted areas, and to understand the impact of human activities and the complex interrelationships of people with their environment.
Working with the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, we established several sites to monitor water usage and quality, and to meet preservation and conservation goals in a managed land region.
Water resource management
Working with CCRT and the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), as well as the UH EPSCoR program, we have deployed water quality and stream flow sensors along several streams in North Kauai to assist with planning the use of surface water for traditional agriculture and to monitor watershed hydrology in response to emerging social conflicts.
We have established a testbed site on the UH Manoa campus for research and outreach. In addition, we are working with elementary schools to expose students to scientific monitoring concepts and conservation principles.
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