I just wanted to share with you a project that I’m working on for quite some time now, and just recently entered Hackaday Prize 2018 contest with.
I would love any comments from you about it, since I’ve built it with your help (many questions about the power savings and data consumption were resolved by Particle Community and also reading the historical threads on this forum). You can read more on the project page, but here is the short description.
The rail.X is a device for monitoring the “open-closed” state of the railroad crossing barrier. It puts the data into a (common for all nodes) database which in turn provides the community with a short term forecast of the barrier state. This forecast just like the “traffic forecast” from Google Maps, can be used by everybody who plans to go through this railroad crossing - emergency vehicles, public transportation, trucks and daily commuters.
If you prefer a VIDEO VERSION OF THE PITCH.
If you would like to start a discussion about this project or ask me any questions - please do it on the Hackaday project page if you can:) If not, of course I will monitor also this thread.
BTW - I would like to post it to the Hackster.io contest as well. I think that upgrading from Electron to Boron might add an additional feature to this project: I could easily (with Xenon) monitor all barriers on one railroad crossing making the solution not only do the primary job, but also help everybody by providing a new way for monitoring of the railroad crossings barrier failure (situation in which all barriers close as they should and one stays up, due to any failure)! (with the original design, I just monitor one barrier on one crossing to gather data).