Qualia Networks Provides Technology Grant to North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Students


Biology and engineering students at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will have new web-of-things capabilities to prototype smart devices through a new collaboration with Qualia Networks (QNI). QNI is the leader in advanced wireless web-of-things technology for Arduino microcontrollers. NCSSM, already an enthusiastic advocate of Arduino development in mechatronics courses will use the grant of QNI Chariot IoT shields in a new agricultural science course to build automated greenhouses wireless sensor networks, drones, and robots. QNI’s contribution will extend the capabilities of Arduino in reaching the key goals of 21st century agriculture: growing more food with less-- less water, fertilizer, pesticides, and tillage.

Jon Davis, Instructor of Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology: “I am extremely excited to receive a set of Chariot devices to bring the Web of Things to modern agriculture. With them students can build wireless sensor motes to monitor our environment and store this data in the cloud for statistical analysis and machine learning insights. My specific focus will be agriculture-- helping farmers understand environmental conditions, monitor crop health, make management decisions and ultimately boost production while reducing inputs and pollution. Our world is becoming a smart world draped with sensors and tended by algorithms—we want to train NCSSM students to lead in improving agriculture applying these tools. Our partners at Qualia have done much of the hard work building the wireless networking shields and developing software to allow us to work faster in accomplishing these goals.”

About QNI

QNI (Research Triangle Park, NC) provides Makers with the ability to build webs of things that matter with Arduino using its platform, Chariot. Chariot delivers full self-configuring 6LoWPAN + CoAP service on an Arduino Shield. Chariot distributes Arduino projects into a local IEEE 802.15.4 cloud, rendering sensors, actuators, and processor pins as web addressable publish/subscribe resources. QNI made Chariot to provide Makers with new technology on which to create distributed experimental designs and innovations that were previously impossible. 

For more information, contact: Michael Wayne (Business Development, QNI—RTP) michael.wayne@qualianetworks.com.