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Sensors 2011, 11(4), 4312-4334; doi:10.3390/s110404312

Non-Contact Plant Growth Measurement Method and System Based on Ubiquitous Sensor Network Technologies

Department of Computer Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Current Address: College of Electronics & Information, Kyung Hee Global Campus, Seocheon-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.
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Received: 14 January 2011 / Revised: 14 March 2011 / Accepted: 12 April 2011 / Published: 13 April 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)

Abstract

This paper proposes a non-contact plant growth measurement system using infrared sensors based on the ubiquitous sensor network (USN) technology. The proposed system measures plant growth parameters such as the stem radius of plants using real-time non-contact methods, and generates diameter, cross-sectional area and thickening form of plant stems using this measured data. Non-contact sensors have been used not to cause any damage to plants during measurement of the growth parameters. Once the growth parameters are measured, they are transmitted to a remote server using the sensor network technology and analyzed in the application program server. The analyzed data are then provided for administrators and a group of interested users. The proposed plant growth measurement system has been designed and implemented using fixed-type and rotary-type infrared sensor based measurement methods and devices. Finally, the system performance is compared and verified with the measurement data that have been obtained by practical field experiments. View Full-Text
Keywords: ubiquitous sensor network; non-contact; plant growth measurement; infrared sensor; thickening form ubiquitous sensor network; non-contact; plant growth measurement; infrared sensor; thickening form
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Suk, J.; Kim, S.; Ryoo, I. Non-Contact Plant Growth Measurement Method and System Based on Ubiquitous Sensor Network Technologies. Sensors 2011, 11, 4312-4334.

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