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A Testbed to Evaluate the FIWARE-Based IoT Platform in the Domain of Precision Agriculture

Electronics Engineering and Systems Division (DSIE), Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Campus Muralla del Mar s/n, 30202 Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
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Academic Editors: Dongkyun Kim, Houbing Song, Juan-Carlos Cano, Wei Wang, Waleed Ejaz and Qinghe Du
Sensors 2016, 16(11), 1979;
Received: 28 September 2016 / Revised: 11 November 2016 / Accepted: 18 November 2016 / Published: 23 November 2016
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Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) represent one of the most promising technologies for precision farming. Over the next few years, a significant increase in the use of such systems on commercial farms is expected. WSNs present a number of problems, regarding scalability, interoperability, communications, connectivity with databases and data processing. Different Internet of Things middleware is appearing to overcome these challenges. This paper checks whether one of these middleware, FIWARE, is suitable for the development of agricultural applications. To the authors’ knowledge, there are no works that show how to use FIWARE in precision agriculture and study its appropriateness, its scalability and its efficiency for this kind of applications. To do this, a testbed has been designed and implemented to simulate different deployments and load conditions. The testbed is a typical FIWARE application, complete, yet simple and comprehensible enough to show the main features and components of FIWARE, as well as the complexity of using this technology. Although the testbed has been deployed in a laboratory environment, its design is based on the analysis of an Internet of Things use case scenario in the domain of precision agriculture. View Full-Text
Keywords: precision agriculture; wireless sensor networks; Internet of Things; FIWARE precision agriculture; wireless sensor networks; Internet of Things; FIWARE

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Martínez, R.; Pastor, J.Á.; Álvarez, B.; Iborra, A. A Testbed to Evaluate the FIWARE-Based IoT Platform in the Domain of Precision Agriculture. Sensors 2016, 16, 1979.

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