Environmental Monitoring for Academia

When universities get grants for a study, those spearheading the research want data.

“The more data the better,” most academics will tell you. “If you don’t have a good set of data, you can’t observe changes to know exactly what’s happening.”

Aridea Environmental Monitoring can help with environmental studies to collect all of the data the project needs with state-of-the-art remote environmental monitoring. Aridea Environmental Monitoring provides real-time and archived data, whether researches are observing naturally occurring phenomenon or those that are impacted by humans.

“Our solution gives them the ability to put a monitoring unit, the Terralytix Edge, in the field that never sleeps,” said B.J. Evans, Aridea Environmental Monitoring’s co-founder and managing partner. “Our work allows the researchers to collect their data at very high frequency rates. And they can use that data to show what’s really happening.

“And that information, in turn, can be used to support or refute theories, to drive policy and even to lead to innovation. It’s all very important work, and we are excited to help with it in any way we can.”

Aridea Environmental Monitoring has done work with West Virginia University and has done consulting with other academics across the country on topics as varied as mine draining issues, sea water quality monitoring and hydraulic fracking impact.

For example, Aridea Environmental Monitoring currently is working on a pilot project with West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in Preston County to monitor acid mine drainage and to control the treatment.

 “What we offer is large amounts of environmental data into a single pane of glass,” Evans said, “so that it becomes less draining financially, and we get better outcomes. We can do it all efficiently, and we can save time and money, which means those resources can be used for other things in the research.”

Evans said Aridea Environmental Monitoring also can adapt to get the best results for academic research.

“We’ve worked in several different industries – mining, oil and gas, water treatment, air quality studies. We have worked with government agencies and contractors. We’ve worked close to home here in West Virginia, but we’ve also worked in Alaska. And our Terralytix Platform has been used in places such as China and Argentina.”

“Our Terralytix Edge wirelessly sends data back to the operator. We provide the hardware and the software. We can connect to any industry standard sensor. Our system transmits the data back the Terralytix Transport that can talk to up to 100 Terralytix Edge devices. The Terralytix Transport is connected to our Cloud data management system, the Terralytix Protal. And that provides all of the real-time alerting and archived data.”

Evans said Aridea Environmental Monitoring was founded to automate the remote environmental monitoring and data collection for the mining industry. But the systems Aridea Environmental Monitoring uses can be adapted to monitor just about anything for a variety of purposes, including academic research.

“And with the time saved by having these monitoring functions done electronically, researchers can spend their time focusing on other things to deliver better results,” he said.