Restoring the natural habitat of the IRL.

What it does

Real-time resource management monitoring and alert system.

How we built it

Innovation, the data and equipment is already deployed.

Challenges we ran into

Knowledge and lack of experiences with needed equipment, time. Understanding priorities of the IRL.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Dakarai was able to build FTP to transfer data from Hydrocycle PO4 RS232 to Dashboard.

What we learned

There are many contributing factors to multiple high demand efforts with a lack of concentrated data for future prediction.

What's next for DedPool

To continue to learn how to manipulate live data or near real time to help allocate resources.


  • Brian Balboa – Research Lead & Innovation -- GitHub
  • Dakarai Simmons – Back/Front End -- GitHub
  • Michael Reynolds – Research & Front End -- GitHub
  • Benjamin Spak – Project Management & SME Research -- GitHub


Power Point on Google Docs

Additional Resources:

DedPool - Hack the IRL Project -- Thought process debrief
DedPool GitHub Repo

Proposed Dashboard

Dashboard Design Demo
Dash Repo


  1. Mitigate bio-matter from entering water ways.
  2. Capture NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) readings & send to reporting dashboard.
  3. Monitor Baffle Box contents & report when it needs to be emptied.
  4. Empower biologists with additional data that may one day lead to accurate bloom prediction.

Selling Points

  • Savings - Less manpower for labor intensive sampling
  • Keep people healthy - protect against disease clusters -- Alzheimer's - BMAA (NueroToxin) - & liver damage primarily.

Proposed Sensors:

Open Questions:


  • Where to locate the baffle box's for maximum effectiveness?
    • A centralized location for neighborhood storm drains.

Power - Solar:

  • How much power do we need to operate the sensors?
    • Input 10.5 ... 18 VDC (HC-PO4)
    • Current draw 3.0 A max; 115 mA avg (HC-PO4)

Communication - LTE:

  • Who's our service provider?
  • Who can we partner with to use their data?

Data Collection, Reporting & Storage:

  • How often do we sample NPK readings?
    • Every 30 Minutes
  • How often do we sync & report NPK readings?
    • Immediately after samples are analysed.
  • How much local storage do we need?
    • 1 GB (HC-PO4)

Time to Failure:

  • How often will sensors need to be replaced?
    • 5-month reagent life (HC-PO4)
  • How much do new sensors cost?
  • Can we buy in bulk @ a discount?

Built With

  • hc-po4
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