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Table 1

Functionalities related to ‘low-cost’ monitoring systems

FunctionalityDescription
Cost-effective Low-cost systems are often only considered as a solution to decrease monitoring costs when they are far more likely to decrease costs incurred due to asset failure resulting from run-to-failure maintenance 
Open source Each system can be programmed by the user and all programs can be publicly available; important communities are already sharing their ideas and codes 
High modularity The large range of sensors and microcontrollers on the market offer the possibility for custom design according to specific monitoring expectations 
Low power consumption This remains a main driver for component development by manufacturers; many monitoring solutions already last several months 
Real-time access to data Communication capabilities enable data upload and online access from any computer or connected device 
Monitoring diagnostics Having real-time data enables problem detection (low battery, absence of new data, etc.) and helps to avoid important loss of data 
Interactive monitoring A ‘connected’ monitoring system means the possibility to change monitoring conditions such as measurement period or to trigger an action such as water sampling 
Shared data Online access to data opens up to sharing the measurements to any technical staff but also to a more general public, potentially leading to community awareness and engagement 
FunctionalityDescription
Cost-effective Low-cost systems are often only considered as a solution to decrease monitoring costs when they are far more likely to decrease costs incurred due to asset failure resulting from run-to-failure maintenance 
Open source Each system can be programmed by the user and all programs can be publicly available; important communities are already sharing their ideas and codes 
High modularity The large range of sensors and microcontrollers on the market offer the possibility for custom design according to specific monitoring expectations 
Low power consumption This remains a main driver for component development by manufacturers; many monitoring solutions already last several months 
Real-time access to data Communication capabilities enable data upload and online access from any computer or connected device 
Monitoring diagnostics Having real-time data enables problem detection (low battery, absence of new data, etc.) and helps to avoid important loss of data 
Interactive monitoring A ‘connected’ monitoring system means the possibility to change monitoring conditions such as measurement period or to trigger an action such as water sampling 
Shared data Online access to data opens up to sharing the measurements to any technical staff but also to a more general public, potentially leading to community awareness and engagement 
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