Tanzanian Water Project

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Tanzanian Water Project

Post by thefost » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:51 pm

Hey all,
My church has through the past 12 years drilled a significant number of water wells in Tanzania. Recently we have had the idea of tracking if the wells are operating on a semi regular basis, but the very wells that we need to track the most are also the ones that are the most remote, and don't have any sort of infrastructure.
I have a pretty good idea of how to track the up-time, a simple arduino based data logging system should be fine, but I don't know exactly how to get the data back to me to be usable here in the US. I was thinking of maybe using a GSM shield, but I have no idea how the cellular networks work over there, and I would hate to build the devices and not be able to retrieve the data. Can anyone shed some light?

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Re: Tanzanian Water Project

Post by TS-John » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:16 pm


Hmm. This is an issue indeed. GSM would certainly be the best method assuming you actually get any signal out on any of these wells. What you could do is use a combination of radio modules and a GSM module.

For instance, if your wells are around 40 miles away from each-other and you have good line of sight you can use the Xtend module with a high gain antenna: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9411

The idea would be to have your sensors on the Xtend/Arduino well and have the data daisy chained through Xtend module until you get to a rig that has a GSM connection probably in a city.

This is all I can think of. It will be a big project and it can be costly as well.

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Re: Tanzanian Water Project

Post by wwbrown » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:29 am

If there is no GSM coverage at the well or close and I have a hunch that is the case you may need to get up to a satellite and here is the hardware to get you started.

https://www.rock7mobile.com/shop-produc ... roductId=3

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