I’ve been working hard on the latest version of the “SewerSense” sensor. With a new case, and new range finder, a door switch and better power management the new sensor is coming along swimmingly!!
New Sensor Case
Plug for flood gate sensor
New Range Finder
The updates include using a larger Pelican 1200 series case, in the awesome orange color. This will make room for all the batteries that I’ll be using, 12 d cells I think. I modified the case to attach the new ultrasonic rangefinder that I received from Sparkfun. The new sensor has a 25 foot range with 1cm accuracy! Its also IP67 certified, means its tougher than shit… Also I added a plug to attach a door sensor for the flood gate. This should alert me when the flood gates actually open to allow for calibration of the range finder.
One of the best-known firms making software for the internet of things is called Pachube. It works directly with hardware developers to connect physical objects and the internet in the most unusual and innovative ways. Leif Percifield from dontflush.me is one of their clients, working on a project to help reduce polluted water entering New York City waterways.
Thanks to Ed Borden at Pachube for all the support and Katia Moskvitch at the BBC
Working with GIS expert Liz Barry, a founding member of Public Laboratory, I’ll be posting some super detailed sewer shed maps. These maps should show where the CSO drainage areas. New functionality will eventually identify the CSO based on the location of a map pointer!
Dontflushme encourages citizens of New York to conserve water at critical times in order to increase to overall health of local waterways. By using a network of unique custom sensors, readily accessible communication tools and internet connected visualization devices, users will be kept informed about the realtime status of the NYC sewer system. This information will then allow participants to make informed decisions about their water use. Dontflushme aims to increase the community’s level of awareness, knowledge, and sense of value towards the environment which can result in positive attitude and behavioral changes.
Dontflushme now has a phone number! You can call or text to 646-576-SHIT to get updates about the sewer level. The data is not live yet but you can try it out! Text “level” to find out the sewer level or “signup” to sign up for alerts.
dontflush.me is live! The site now contains the realtime data feed from pachube (when the sensor is running). I added the SMS registration feature and a New York sewer shed map courtesy of habitatmap.org. Everyone please register! I promise that I wont spam you!