What we want to do
We are setting up 24/7 observation stations to monitor refinerys. This is a pilot program for a DIY observation station that is cheap, easy to construct, reasonably reliable, and produces usable data.
The first location is on a covered porch so it is protected from the weather and does not have to look thru a window. Power is readily available. Internet is not available since there is no phone line to the structure. Cell coverage is good.
The second location will be inside looking thru a window at one flare.
We would like you to help with an equipment list, sources, and prices. The first scenario should take more equipment while the second should be a subset of the first.
- WIFI cell hot spot It should have WiFi and an e-net port. AT&T is about $50/month with 1 yr contract.
- RaspberryPI Processor for the data capture and transmission. Are there real security concerns connecting this to the Internet?
- Low resolution thermal imaging sensor and interface I am thinking of the 16 pixel MEMS device. This could be used to determine when to take a picture/spectrum along with general temperature measurements.
- Two spectrometers There are 2 flares visible from the location.
- Particle sensor A port of the DustDuino to RPi?
- USB powered hub RPi has low power on the USB port.
The following can probably be lumped together.
- misc. cables
- power supplies
- misc. mounting hardware: a desk vise ($27)
- web Storage
Questions and next steps
What do we need to do next?