Workshop on Wireless Sensor Networks for Radiation Monitoring

Background Information

Radiation monitoring activities can be carried out automatically, all day long, without any human intervention. Wireless sensor networks are suitable for this purpose. As soon as the nuclear radiation is detected by a specialized sensor, the measured value can be wireless transmitted to the monitoring station and distributed to any place using networks. The low cost of the nodes and the wide availability of the GSM network make this a suitable technology to monitor radiations.

Nature of the Workshop

The workshop will consist of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on sessions to learn how to monitor radiations with sensor networks. The participants are expected to have undertaken some introductory tutorials to ensure they have a basic knowledge prior to the workshop. Arrangements for this tutorial will be provided to the participants after nomination.

Scope and Objectives

The workshop will include a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • work with the open hardware Arduino module;
  • setup a GPRS and Zigbee networks;
  • understand the radiation monitoring function;
  • develop a simple wireless radiation monitoring system;
  • measure and analyze the results.

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