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Sensors 2013, 13(3), 2848-2861; doi:10.3390/s130302848

A Novel Low-Cost Sensor Prototype for Monitoring Temperature during Wine Fermentation in Tanks

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ETSI de Telecomunicación, Universidad de Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, Paseo Belén 15, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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EATCO Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Cordoba, Campus de Rabanales, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Received: 8 February 2013 / Revised: 21 February 2013 / Accepted: 23 February 2013 / Published: 28 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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Abstract

This paper presents a multipurpose and low cost sensor for temperature control over the wine fermentation process, in order to steadily communicate data through wireless modules in real time to a viticulturist’s mobile or fixed device. The advantage of our prototype is due to the fact that it will be used by small winemakers in the “Ribera del Duero” area, and as it is a cheaper sensor and easy to use for the control and monitoring of the grape fermentation process, it will probably be used by other business men with the same necessities in the region. The microcontroller MSP430G2553 is among the components that make up the sensor, that are integrated onto a motherboard. It communicates with the RN-42 Bluetooth module through an UART interface. After verifying that all elements are working correctly, the parts are assembled to form the final prototype. This device has been tested in a winery in the region, fulfilling the initial project specifications.
Keywords: wine fermentation process; biosensor; temperature; Bluetooth; low cost; usability wine fermentation process; biosensor; temperature; Bluetooth; low cost; usability
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Sainz, B.; Antolín, J.; López-Coronado, M.; Castro, C.D. A Novel Low-Cost Sensor Prototype for Monitoring Temperature during Wine Fermentation in Tanks. Sensors 2013, 13, 2848-2861.

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