Internet of things


Aquabot uses Internet of Things technology to gain valuable insight

Monday, 25 July 2022

A first-of-its-kind remotely operated vehicle (ROV) developed by a student entrepreneur in Scotland and CENSIS is setting out to significantly improve the way water quality is monitored and, subsequently, managed. 

Dale Colley, a power engineering undergraduate at Glasgow Caledonian University and founder of Altitude Thinking, has developed Aquabot, a remote-controlled drone that can be used on the surface of rivers, lochs, and canals to provide a more accurate, real-time picture of conditions in the water. 

Sensor technologies and the data they harvest can introduce innovative methods that can make life easier and optimise the way we work. 

When I was finishing my HNC at the City of Glasgow College, I knew I wanted to start my own business. At the time, I was reading about a rubbish patch the size of Texas floating around in the ocean and realised this was the challenge I wanted to help address, which led to the development of the first version of Aquabot. 

“From there, I took on feedback from organisations trialling the concept and that informed how we developed its second iteration. We already have a lot of interest, and the idea is that Aquabot will be affordable enough for anyone to use – whether you are a large company monitoring your environmental impact or a community group concerned about a local body of water that needs quick action.

Dale Colley

Creator of Aquabot, Glasgow Caledonian University

The Aquabot will help the user identify a variety of things happening in their body of water including oxygen levels, temperature, and PH balance. Using IoT the system can be controlled remotely with the data being sent back instantly to its user.  

To read more on Aquabot, visit CENSIS’ website.