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IoT Technology Addresses Climate Change, Environmental Conditions in Lebanon

The private community of BeitMisk is using an air-quality sensor-based solution, while wine company Château Kefraya Viticulture Precision is tracking the conditions around its grapes in order to ensure healthy crops.
By Claire Swedberg
Jan 02, 2018

Two Lebanese entities have completed pilots using Libelium Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor the environment and combat climate change. Although the two use cases differ (one is a smart-city project, the other a viticulture system), the same technology is bringing sensor-based visibility that measures environmental conditions and shares that data wirelessly.

Château Kefraya Viticulture Precision uses Libelium's Waspmote Plug & Sense! technology for smart agriculture to track temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure levels, in order to ensure that its grapes are properly maintained based on conditions. The system was provided by Lebanese systems integrator Libatel.

Libelium's Alicia Asin
Another integrator, Data Cconsult, provided the municipality of BeitMisk with a smart-city solution using the Libelium Smart Cities with Smart Environment PRO version of the Waspmote to track air quality.

The two independent projects focus on a similar objective, says Alicia Asin, Libelium's CEO: adapting to climate change and environmental conditions. "Obtaining as much information as possible from the environment is fundamental to better reacting to these changes," Asin says. Libelium serves these kinds of projects well, he adds, due to the stability and robustness of the Waspmote platform.

The Waspmote platform leverages sensors to collect environmental conditions, then forwards that data to the cloud-based software via a low-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN), a private and spread-spectrum modulation technique that allows the transmission of information at extremely low data rates to extremely long ranges. The low data rate (down to a few bytes per second) and LoRaWAN modulation lead to very low receiver sensitivity, the company reports.

BeitMisk is a private community covering 655,000 square meters (7.05 million square feet) in Lebanon's Northern Metn region, near Beirut, with an elevation of 800 meters (2,600 feet), overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is designed similarly to a traditional Lebanese village, with piazzas and stairways, and includes more than 200,000 recently planted trees, which are irrigated with rainfall water captured and recycled locally.

One main objective of the city's management was to use scientific evidence to indicate the quality of the air, and to offer this information to residents in real time. This year, says Marc Nader, Data Consult's chief operating officer, it began working with Lebanese technology company Data Cconsult to bring smart-city solutions by digitizing information such as air quality.

"Dataconsult helped the city digitize its physical elements," Nader says, by installing sensors and controllers throughout. "The second step was to connect these elements through a wireless network to a digital platform that was developed specifically for this purpose, and the final step was to analyze the massive flow of data."

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