Low Power Wireless Networks in Vineyards ; Drawing the Line: Video Surveillance in Law Enforcement in the U.S.

Timmons, Eric, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Bailey, Reid, EN-Eng Sys and Environment, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Monitoring systems offer extraordinary new possibilities in management, law enforcement, and other endeavors, but they also introduce new hazards.
Low-power, wide-area networks (LPWAN) can support remote monitoring. The research team developed a LPWAN system for the management of vineyards. With sensors at high density in every microclimate throughout a vineyard, vineyard managers can better model risks such as frost, pest infestations and disease, and optimize irrigation optimization. To characterize the potential of LPWAN in vineyards, the team studied LPWANs, engaged stakeholders, and developed prototypes. This process was highly iterative; each iteration offered lessons about the users, vineyards, and the capabilities of the technology. The team developed a system that can withstand the harsh environment of a vineyard and seamlessly communicate the collected information to the user at a low cost.
How can law enforcement protect citizens, enforce the law, and earn community trust without violating privacy rights? Mandatory police body cameras in constant during any interaction with civilians use may alleviate distrust of law enforcement by improving accountability. Yet even video surveillance video generally cannot definitively settle problems of responsibility, and such an extent of camera use is not now a socially feasible.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Low power wide area networks (LPWAN), Vineyards, LoRa

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering
Technical Advisor: Reid Bailey
STS Advisor: Peter Norton
Technical Team Members: Allison Renehan, Bryan Rombach, Anna Haikl, Corey Nolan, William Lupton, Eric Timmons

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