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Kerlink Powering IoT Radon-Monitoring System on Mount Etna

Date Published: 02/27/2020 [Source]

In a great case study of the broad applications of LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, Kerlink's Wirnet gateway is powering a radon-sensing project on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, according to a recent release.

The recently deployed network linking Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily to scientists in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 1,200 kilometers away, is designed to transmit radon measurement data in order to help scientists monitor activity of the volcano. Radon is a natural radioactive element found in high concentrations near volcanoes and uranium deposits and is one of the potential precursors of volcanic eruptions.

"This project not only highlights the diverse and vital concrete use cases enabled by LoRaWAN networks, but also Kerlink's position as a leading supplier of robust, high-performing gateways for those use cases," said Stéphane Dejean, CMO, Kerlink. "Wirnet gateways are enabling and powering multiple IoT projects in some of the most challenging and demanding environments on Earth. Our teams are very proud to be able to contribute to this type of scientific research-and-prevention project."

The volcanic research project received funding from the I-SITE Clermont CAP20-25 project and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), in partnership with Italian Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).