WANDER Field Data Collection Software
The WANDER system is a spinoff of the Microship project, developed for the National Science Foundation's “Wireless Field Test” in 2002.
The WANDER system is a spinoff of the Microship project, developed for the National Science Foundation’s “Wireless Field Test” in 2002. We installed Linux on an Octagon PC-500 single-board computer, and packaged it in a Pelican case along with GPS, power management tools, LCD/Keypad, and basic I/O… and it can talk via LAN or Globalstar satellite phone at 9600 baud. You can read all about it in our Embedded Linux Journal article.
This 110-page PDF is the complete WANDER software package (other than what’s in the Linux distro, of course!). Mostly written in Perl by Ned Konz, it includes all data collection code, GPS sentence parsing, Berkeley DB interface, channel management, a simple graphing package, Webmin front-end cgi scripts, database export tools including satellite email, local UI management, and the C program for a PIC-based solar power and battery management system that even schedules the Linux board. All this is well-commented and tested code; if you’re designing a system that even slightly overlaps WANDER, then this will pay for itself.
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