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At last night’s Australian Information Industry Association’s annual awards in Melbourne, CSIRO was named winner of the 2010 iAward for research and development.

CSIRO and Seqwater have developed Australia’s largest integrated intelligent wireless sensor network, which is monitoring Lake Wivenhoe and its catchment. This supplies the majority of the region’s drinking water as part of the SEQ Water Grid.

The network consists of 120 nodes, 45 of them floating, and measures water temperature through the water column. Another 70 are land-based and collect stock movement and weather data, spread across the catchment.

An autonomous solar-powered catamaran, also developed by CSIRO, travels between the floating nodes gathering data and performing maintenance.

More info here.

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