Arduino : programming of the 2023 training session

Recent developments in low-cost data acquisition and sensors make their integration into environmental health characterisation projects (weather station, soil characterisation, irrigation, agriculture, etc.) essential.
IRD researchers will set up an on-the-job training course dedicated to Arduino electronic acquisition systems, an open-source electronic platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It is intended for anyone who is involved in interactive projects.

Researchers from IRD have implemented an “Arduino training session”. he training session will take place in Vientiane (Laos). We expect a dozen participants (who will be divided into 5 pairs): 4 Laotians, 2 Cambodians, 2 Vietnamese and 2 Filipinos

Mounoy dev.

Training Plan:

The importance of data collection for environmental health monitoring

Principle of data acquisition.

Basis of electronic measurement


The main sensors used in environmental sciences: air temperature and humidity, soil temperature, soil water content ( capacitives & tensiometric sensors), atmospheric CO2 , dust and barometric, water pressure…

Data storage: from sd card to webserver

Data communication: Blue Tooth, radio network (LoRa)

Building your own data logger equipped with sensors

     + one device to install inside a building (easy to make working)

      + one device to install outsiden (more complicate because of power (need batteries) and connection to transmit data

Data quality and quality control  

Each of the participants will have to proceed to the assembly and testing of the sensor during the course and once ‘at home’ and put them in operation (at least the ‘lab’ sensor) and the data must be transmitted to a site that they will also be shown during the training => during the training they will also be shown how to collect and store the data with a standard format and on a web site accessible to other researchers of the group Indeed, these data are only valid if they are usable by others = they meet the ‘FAIR’ principle (findable accessible, interoperable and reusable).
The interest of the ‘live’ deposit of data on a site is to check that the participants have started the device once they return, then to monitor that the device is working and to allow checking that the data remain comparable.


Norbert Silvera

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