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Development of a sensor node for precision horticulture

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Sensors
  • Volumen: 9
  • Número: 5
  • Fecha: 27 abril 2009
  • Páginas: 3240-3255
  • ISSN: 14248220
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.3390/s90503240
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
This paper presents the design of a new wireless sensor node (GAIA Soil-Mote) for precision horticulture applications which permits the use of precision agricultural instruments based on the SDI-12 standard. Wireless communication is achieved with a transceiver compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. The GAIA Soil-Mote software implementation is based on TinyOS. A two-phase methodology was devised to validate the design of this sensor node. The first phase consisted of laboratory validation of the proposed hardware and software solution, including a study on power consumption and autonomy. The second phase consisted of implementing a monitoring application in a real broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var Marathon) crop in Campo de Cartagena in south-east Spain. In this way the sensor node was validated in real operating conditions. This type of application was chosen because there is a large potential market for it in the farming sector, especially for the development of precision agriculture applications. © 2009 by the authors; licensee Molecular Diversity Preservation International, Basel, Switzerland.

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