Wireless network set for Pittsburgh rivers

Several local agencies are teaming up to create a wireless network on Allegheny County’s rivers, the first of its kind. The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is taking the lead on the project, which also will involve the Army Corps of Engineers and Carnegie Mellon University
A Carnegie Mellon team has developed technology that will take advantage of the network: a small, remote control boat that will measure electrical conductivity and temperature in the water.
“I see information management as a pretty critical item these days, and first and foremost that’s what this is: a means of gathering data, collecting it, housing it and allowing people to have access to it,” said David Nakles, a CMU civil and environmental engineering professor who has worked with the port commission.