RIVERE℠ will coordinate the Rappahannock SmartRiver initiative to serve as a focal point for collaboration involving emerging technologies designed to enhance water quality monitoring and research. The Rappahannock SmartRiver Initiative aims to help researchers establish a smart water quality monitoring system in which a network of wireless sensors collects real-time data on the Rappahannock River, and transmits data through a centralized server to be processed, stored, and made available online. Resulting data can be used for monitoring water quality, detecting changes over time, sending notifications on water quality and quantity issues, and contributing to a long-term dataset to support predictive modeling. Through a partnership with Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)
, RIVERE℠ will facilitate research on the Rappahannock in the areas of wireless water quality sensor acquisition and deployment, data integration, and cloud-based computing by engaging the Virginia Smart Community Testbed
(a partnership between VIPC and Stafford County EDA). RIVERE℠ will enhance the Testbed’s water vertical by supporting research involving smart sensor technologies, applied machine learning, and predictive modeling. The Rappahannock SmartRiver Initiative will support and complement the growing network of technology-based, precision conservation initiatives within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.