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Sensor network protects cultural heritage

Linköping CathedralFluctuations in temperature and humidity are a threat to objects and furnishings in cultural-historical buildings. Now at least 26 churches in Sweden will get better monitoring through a wireless sensor network, CultureBee, which was developed at Linköping University.

The project was possible thanks to 3.1 million SEK in contributions from the Swedish Energy Agency, and an equal amount from the Church of Sweden. The aim is to protect valuable cultural heritage, save money, and reduce energy consumption.

“Our CultureBee system is entirely wireless and collects measurement data without affecting buildings and inventory,” says Shaofang Gong, professor of communications electronics at LiU.

The research group started out from the ZigBee protocol, a standard for wireless local networks. The system can be monitored and controlled via the Internet. On the project’s website it is possible to follow measurement data from five buildings, including Linköping Cathedral, where the system has been installed.


Photo: David Holmström

The research group of Communcation Electronics


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Last updated: 2011-02-09