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Sensors 2009, 9(8), 6171-6184; doi:10.3390/s90806171

Monitoring System for Farming Operations with Wearable Devices Utilized Sensor Networks

National Agricultural Research Center, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization/ 3-1-1 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8666, Japan
-Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University/6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan
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Received: 18 June 2009 / Revised: 19 July 2009 / Accepted: 21 July 2009 / Published: 4 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Japan)
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In order to automatically monitor farmers’ activities, we propose a farm operation monitoring system using “Field Servers” and a wearable device equipped with an RFID reader and motion sensors. Our proposed system helps in recognizing farming operations by analyzing the data from the sensors and detected RFID tags that are attached to various objects such as farming materials, facilities, and machinery. This method can be applied to various situations without changing the conventional system. Moreover, this system provides useful information in real-time and controls specific machines in a coordinated manner on the basis of recognized operation.
Keywords: automatic recognition; farming operation; wearable device; RFID; Field Server automatic recognition; farming operation; wearable device; RFID; Field Server

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Fukatsu, T.; Nanseki, T. Monitoring System for Farming Operations with Wearable Devices Utilized Sensor Networks. Sensors 2009, 9, 6171-6184.

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