Over on the Arduino blog, David Cuartielles found this excellent open-source sensor project, the Canafonte Network Project. The brainchild of Alvaro Neira Ayuso, it implements a distributed sensor network that works over both xBee and Ethernet to collect data and then respond to it:

This project is based on Arduino technology, which is an open hardware project. This project’s goal is to send data coming from sensors, whether they measure temperature, moisture, etc over Ethernet or Xbee creating a sensor network. This system, besides obtaining data, is able of reacting towards them.

The network needs a server that will collect al the data and eventually report the actuators in the network when they should make a move. The wireless part of the net needs an ethernet-Xbee gateway to connect. The server is written in Python and runs on Linux, and creates a series of graphs coming from the different sensors on the fly.

The project is up and running, but David points out that it could really take off if it gets some more attention:

There is a lot to polish in the website, regarding documentation. But dudes, this was made by a student in his spare time. Can you imagine how far this could go if we all give him a hand in doing things like translating his documentation videos to other languages? Just in case you are interested in the legal issues behind all this, everything is under GPL3, great job!!

The project owner, Alvaro Neira Ayuso, is publishing a blog to document the process of making the project. Congratulations for that award!!

Alvaro reportedly just won the Open Source Software Prize from Sevilla’s University in Spain, congratulations!