Internet of Things for Light Pollution Control and Space Science Development

Light pollution has been a major problem for astronomers globally, and with the current rate of urbanization in major cities there is an urgent need for scientific intervention. Nigeria is a developing country with new cities on the rise, the light pollution of the environment and the night sky is a rising norm that needs urgent intervention. The project tends to use the principles of automation technology through the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide solutions to light pollution in Nigeria. The project will employ the use of affordable sensors for outdoor and indoor light controls. Outdoor control involves the development of motion-sensor street lights to regulate light pollution. This idea is to avail young Nigerians the opportunity to start indigenous designs and production of systems for capital development, astronomy, and basic science development.

This project targets fifty undergraduate science students, especially physics, astronomy, engineering, and IT students within Enugu State, Nigeria.
The project will organize workshops and hands-on sessions on light pollution, types of light pollution, energy conservation, and technology-based approaches to curbing light pollution using indigenous designs. The project will be conducted for two weeks at the Centre for Basic Space Science (National Space Research and Development Agency), Nigeria.

Our project aims to produce professionals capable of solving real-time and human problems using the Internet of Things. This project will expose the students to basic programming, the Arduino application, and the use of essential electronic components.