Scientists from Amrita Devised a Landslide Prediction System at Munnar

The scientists from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham have deployed a number of wireless sensors in and around St Antony’s Colony,Munnar. They are buried a couple of metres into the soil and can measure the moisture content, pressure, vibration of the earth and several other geological parameters. The data are subsequently relayed via a satellite to a simulation lab on the ASE campus some 200km away. While the sensor network is based on many individual censors, it acts as a single, coherent system. The network is self-organising because even if a few censors are damaged, the others take over their task. Sensors are bound to fail as they work under the harshest of conditions.