A low cost portable environmental monitoring system for livestock buildings

Clements, M. S. and Watt, A. C. and Debono, A. P. and Aziz, S. M. and Banhazi, T. M. (2011) A low cost portable environmental monitoring system for livestock buildings. In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 28-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Numerous airborne pollutants are found in piggery buildings, such as ammonia, carbon dioxide, airborne microorganisms, inhalable particles and respirable particles. Excess exposure to ammonia gas and high levels of dust greatly increases the risk of respiratory problems to workers and livestock. Therefore it is essential that these airborne pollutants are accurately measured and constantly monitored to ensure that the health of humans and animals in piggery buildings is maintained. This paper presents a new Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) for measuring a number of pollutants in piggery buildings. It is capable of measuring ammonia, carbon dioxide, dust concentration, temperature and humidity. It is equipped with a custom designed continuous data logging unit which can be further enhanced to facilitate remote access. The new system is much smaller, lighter and cheaper than an older system called BASE-Q, and also addresses a number of deficiencies of the old system. This paper details the EMS measurement requirements, system architecture, subsystem design and the key improvements gained.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Publisher does not formally support archiving.
Depositing User: Dr Thomas Banhazi
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2012 12:27
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2012 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: precision livestock farming; environmental monitoring; gas monitoring; air quality; ammonia; carbon dioxide; dust; ventilation; airborne particles
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080302 Computer System Architecture
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20091

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