This study presented the design and development of an SMS Based Water Level Monitoring System using Gizduino. Gizduino is an Arduino compatible microcontroller kit. It’s a single board Alf and Vegard’s RISC processor (AVR) microcontroller platform based on highly popular open source Arduino design. It can be used as well with AVR’s traditional programming tool which is written in C language. The researchers used developmental research following the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process using the Rapid Application Development (RAD) Model. The phases of a RAD model are: Requirements Planning, User design, rapid Construction and Transition and Testing and Turn Over. . The device is a sensor integrated dynamic system for mobile water level monitoring that uses Gizduino as its microcontroller. The sensor tested different water levels to obtain the real-time water level information and will send status obtained to the mobile number registered in the SIM card installed on the Gizduino device. The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) module is used for sending the mobile text messages while the Gizduino microcontroller is used to read in the input from the sensor and then calculate the height of water. The information texted to the registered mobile numbers will serve as an early warning to the people in the community to prepare for possible evacuation in case the water level reaches the critical level. When the water level reaches the critical level, the device has also the capability of generating warning sounds. This simple yet effective warning system is deemed to be one of the fastest and cost effective methods of alerting the authorities and the vulnerable residence.
Water level sensor, water level board, speaker amplifier, Gizduino