• Gilbert Mwangi Kamau Jomo Kenyatta University
  • Samuel Kang'ethe Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Stanely Irungu Kamau Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Nick Giesen Delft University of Technology


Lightning monitoring, Microcontroller, Data logger, Sensor


Lightning data is not only important for environment and weather monitoring but also for safety purposes. A device that monitors and keeps track of occurrences of lightning strikes has been developed. A communication interface is established between the sensors, data logging circuit and the microcontroller.  The digital outputs of the lightning sensor and data from GPS are processed by the microcontroller and logged onto an SD card. The interface program enables sampling parameters such as distance from the lightning strike, time of strike occurrence and geographical location of the device. For archiving and analysis purposes, the data can be transferred from the SD card to a PC and results displayed using a graphical user interface program. Data gathered shows that, the device can track the frequency and movement of lightning strikes in an area. The device has many advantages as compared to other lightning sensor stations in terms of huge memory, lower power consumption, small size, greater portability and lower cost. The device shall be used in designing a lightning networks.


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Author Biographies

Gilbert Mwangi Kamau, Jomo Kenyatta University

Msc Student

Samuel Kang'ethe, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Professor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department

Stanely Irungu Kamau, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

HOD, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department

Nick Giesen, Delft University of Technology

Professor, Water Management Department


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How to Cite

Gilbert Mwangi Kamau, Samuel Kang'ethe, Stanely Irungu Kamau, & Nick Giesen. (2015). DESIGN OF A LOW-COST MICROCONTROLLER-BASED LIGHTNING MONITORING DEVICE. Kabarak Journal of Research & Innovation, 3(1), 32–40. Retrieved from

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