I designed the Flamingo system for monitoring ground water, like in streams and ponds
So the Flamingo is designed to sit in a stream, or body of water. At a set interval, it wakes up out of the low power state, and a water temperature and conductance reading. Using temperature and conductance, you can derive TDS and an overall quality of the water.
Every three seconds, it will send out a ping over it's wireless radio. So to collect the data, you walk by with the small remote, and press the button. It then connected to the flamingo, and downloads all the points available. Then when you get back to the lab, you plug it into your computer, and it shows up as a flash drive. Then all of your data is in a simple csv file.
This summer (2013), we are doing a pilot of 30 units throughout Pennsylvania