Two companies from Groningen have started a pilot at the 5G lab on Zernike Campus Groningen to develop innovative water sensors. Using 5G technology, Mark de Wit from Biomark Biotechnology and Wout van Wezel from Van Wezel Information Systems, expect that they can make better, smaller and energy-efficient sensors to monitor water quality.
The current sensors that are used for measuring water quality are large. This is because sending data takes a lot of energy and it requires large batteries. Large objects are often used to drive the sensors. "We expect that we can produce much smaller sensors with 5G," says Mark de Wit. "They will consume less energy and make it cheaper too. 5G also promises that sending data is much more reliable. "
Pilot 5G Lab on Campus
Three water basins have been installed at the 5G lab in Groningen for the pilot. In the next phase, De Wit and Van Wezel also want to test at open sea, lakes and canals. "Based on the data transmitted by the sensors, for example, we can carry out a prediction model for the outbreak of blue-green algae much more accurately and cheaper," says De Wit. "It becomes possible to accurately measure the water level and make predictions here." In this 5G pilot the signals are collected with the help of Vodafone's connectivity. Van Wezel processes this data so that it can ultimately be sent to customers such as Rijkswaterstaat or companies.