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Sensors 2009, 9(5), 3240-3255; doi:10.3390/s90503240

Development of a Sensor Node for Precision Horticulture

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Received: 9 March 2009 / Revised: 31 March 2009 / Accepted: 27 April 2009 / Published: 28 April 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensor Technologies and Applications)
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Wireless Sensor Networks; Mote; TinyOS; Precision Horticulture Wireless Sensor Networks; Mote; TinyOS; Precision Horticulture
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López, J.A.; Soto, F.; Sánchez, P.; Iborra, A.; Suardiaz, J.; Vera, J.A. Development of a Sensor Node for Precision Horticulture. Sensors 2009, 9, 3240-3255.

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López JA, Soto F, Sánchez P, Iborra A, Suardiaz J, Vera JA. Development of a Sensor Node for Precision Horticulture. Sensors. 2009; 9(5):3240-3255.

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López, Juan A.; Soto, Fulgencio; Sánchez, Pedro; Iborra, Andrés; Suardiaz, Juan; Vera, Juan A. 2009. "Development of a Sensor Node for Precision Horticulture." Sensors 9, no. 5: 3240-3255.

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