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Low Cost and Flexible UAV Deployment of Sensors

Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Diplomvej, Building 372, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
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Academic Editors: Felipe Gonzalez Toro and Antonios Tsourdos
Sensors 2017, 17(1), 154;
Received: 18 August 2016 / Revised: 3 January 2017 / Accepted: 10 January 2017 / Published: 14 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue UAV-Based Remote Sensing)
This paper presents a platform for airborne sensor applications using low-cost, open-source components carried by an easy-to-fly unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV). The system, available in open-source , is designed for researchers, students and makers for a broad range of exploration and data-collection needs. The main contribution is the extensible architecture for modularized airborne sensor deployment and real-time data visualisation. Our open-source Android application provides data collection, flight path definition and map tools. Total cost of the system is below 800 dollars. The flexibility of the system is illustrated by mapping the location of Bluetooth beacons (iBeacons) on a ground field and by measuring water temperature in a lake. View Full-Text
Keywords: UAV; drone; monitoring; multisensor; platform; software framework; beacons UAV; drone; monitoring; multisensor; platform; software framework; beacons
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Sørensen, L.Y.; Jacobsen, L.T.; Hansen, J.P. Low Cost and Flexible UAV Deployment of Sensors. Sensors 2017, 17, 154.

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