Abstract: A new wireless sensor network (WSN), called CrossVit, and based on MEMSIC products, has been tested for two growing seasons in two vineyards in Italy. The aims are to evaluate the monitoring performances of the new WSN directly in the vineyard and collect air temperature, air humidity and solar radiation data to support vineyard management practices. The WSN consists of various levels: the Master/Gateway level coordinates the WSN and performs data aggregation; the Farm/Server level takes care of storing data on a server, data processing and graphic rendering; Nodes level is based on a network of peripheral nodes consisting of a MDA300 sensor board and Iris module and equipped with thermistors for air temperature, photodiodes for global and diffuse solar radiation, and an HTM2500LF sensor for relative humidity. The communication levels are: WSN links between gateways and sensor nodes by ZigBee, and long-range GSM/GPRS links between gateways and the server farm level. The system was able to monitor the agrometeorological parameters in the vineyard: solar radiation, air temperature and air humidity, detecting the differences between the canopy treatments applied. The performance of CrossVit, in terms of monitoring and reliability of the system, have been evaluated considering: its handiness, cost-effective, non-invasive dimensions and low power consumption.
Keywords: wireless sensor network; canopy microclimate; ZigBee; viticulture
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Matese, A.; Vaccari, F.P.; Tomasi, D.; Di Gennaro, S.F.; Primicerio, J.; Sabatini, F.; Guidoni, S. CrossVit: Enhancing Canopy Monitoring Management Practices in Viticulture. Sensors 2013, 13, 7652-7667.
Matese A, Vaccari FP, Tomasi D, Di Gennaro SF, Primicerio J, Sabatini F, Guidoni S. CrossVit: Enhancing Canopy Monitoring Management Practices in Viticulture. Sensors. 2013; 13(6):7652-7667.
Matese, Alessandro; Vaccari, Francesco P.; Tomasi, Diego; Di Gennaro, Salvatore F.; Primicerio, Jacopo; Sabatini, Francesco; Guidoni, Silvia. 2013. "CrossVit: Enhancing Canopy Monitoring Management Practices in Viticulture." Sensors 13, no. 6: 7652-7667.