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Sensors 2011, 11(6), 6088-6108; doi:10.3390/s110606088
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An Air-Ground Wireless Sensor Network for Crop Monitoring

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Received: 21 March 2011 / Revised: 25 May 2011 / Accepted: 30 May 2011 / Published: 7 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors in Agriculture and Forestry)
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Abstract

This paper presents a collaborative system made up of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) and an aerial robot, which is applied to real-time frost monitoring in vineyards. The core feature of our system is a dynamic mobile node carried by an aerial robot, which ensures communication between sparse clusters located at fragmented parcels and a base station. This system overcomes some limitations of the wireless networks in areas with such characteristics. The use of a dedicated communication channel enables data routing to/from unlimited distances.
Keywords: Wireless Sensor Networks; aerial robots; vineyard; frost monitoring; Precision Agriculture Wireless Sensor Networks; aerial robots; vineyard; frost monitoring; Precision Agriculture
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).
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Valente, J.; Sanz, D.; Barrientos, A.; Cerro, J.; Ribeiro, Á.; Rossi, C. An Air-Ground Wireless Sensor Network for Crop Monitoring. Sensors 2011, 11, 6088-6108.

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