According to CSIRO, the FLECK sensors could be the platform for the next generation of water quality monitoring systems, providing real-time data collection with unprecedented detail and speed. The FLECK sensor nodes operate in a meshed network, setting up ad hoc networks to wireless transfer environmental data they have collected.
Using the technology, SEQWater and CSIRO will be able to monitor high rainfall, droughts and contaminants in real-time. An autonomous solar-powered catamaran is also part of the solution, and it can be instructed by the network to carry out more detailed sampling as needed.
Seventy of the 120 nodes are land-based and spread across the catchment area, while 45 are floating and measure water temperature. The sensor system is manually controlled through a PDA, web interface, or web-enabled mobile phones.