The “Testing the Waters” crew has been paddling down the Rock River for nine days, using Current Data technology to collect and display real-time water quality data and giving educational presentations to schools and community groups along the way. Last night we gave a program at the Fort Atkinson Club, right on the banks of the […]
The “Testing the Waters” event launched this morning from Mayville, Wisconsin. You can follow the crew’s progress moment-by-moment on the Live Dashboard at TestingWaters.org, a special website set up just for this event. Our crew of test paddlers will spend the next ten days on the river, traveling from Mayville to Beloit and conducting real-time water quality […]
We are so excited to announce Testing the Waters: A Paddle and Probe Adventure! We’ll be paddling the Rock River from Mayville to Beloit in the first extended test of Current technology! Sign up to paddle, volunteer, or attend educational events when the crew comes through your town next month!
Over the past few months two of Eric’s undergraduate research students, Michael Smith and Karl Brandstaetter, conducted the first successful field trials of Current Data’s real-time water quality array. The array includes probes for temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and electrical conductivity and is an attempt to bring an “internet of things,” or intelligent web-connected devices, to citizen science […]
An update on “The Brew” competition: When we applied to the Brew, it was represented as a $50,0000 grant from the state, but when we were offered a slot (YAY!!!!) we were told the competition had changed to become a loan (sigh). We don’t feel like it would be responsible to take on a $50,000 loan at […]
We’re proud to announce that we’ve been selected to move on to the second round of interviews for “The Brew,” a competition for acceptance into a global seed accelerator for water technology startups led by The Water Council. Thanks to our team of advisors and to our family and friends for their help with our application!
Collecting data is one thing. Using it is another. Ward et al. (1986) first described the “data-rich but information-poor” problem inherent in many water quality monitoring programs. This problem is still common: We all have data, but we don’t all have usable information about that data. Lindenmayer and Likens (2010) posit that Effective monitoring programs typically include: Good questions. A […]
Up to now, we’ve been manually calibrating our probes for testing and had one-way communication from the array to the app. As of last night, I’ve gotten flexible two-way communication with the app and array working. And, I’ve successfully tested the new code to calibrate the dissolved oxygen sensor. Calibrating the other sensors coming soon.
After months of hard work, our application to Milwaukee’s The Brew business competition is “in the mail.” We’ve been writing a script, shooting video and stills, preparing the written component of the application, and honing the technology. Check out the video component of our application:
We’re proud to announce CURRENT, a new way for you to collect, analyze, and share water quality data. It’s a complete, turn-key system that takes you through every step of the data collection process: Sensor calibration Data collection from a boat or a fixed location Data upload and archival Instant data access Quality control (metadata) […]