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ABS-SmartComAgri: An Agent-Based Simulator of Smart Communication Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks for Debugging in Precision Agriculture

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Systems, University of Zaragoza, 44003 Teruel, Spain
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Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón, University of Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Integrated Management Coastal Research Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain
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Sensors 2018, 18(4), 998; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18040998
Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 21 March 2018 / Accepted: 23 March 2018 / Published: 27 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intelligent Sensor Systems for Environmental Monitoring)
Smart communication protocols are becoming a key mechanism for improving communication performance in networks such as wireless sensor networks. However, the literature lacks mechanisms for simulating smart communication protocols in precision agriculture for decreasing production costs. In this context, the current work presents an agent-based simulator of smart communication protocols for efficiently managing pesticides. The simulator considers the needs of electric power, crop health, percentage of alive bugs and pesticide consumption. The current approach is illustrated with three different communication protocols respectively called (a) broadcast, (b) neighbor and (c) low-cost neighbor. The low-cost neighbor protocol obtained a statistically-significant reduction in the need of electric power over the neighbor protocol, with a very large difference according to the common interpretations about the Cohen’s d effect size. The presented simulator is called ABS-SmartComAgri and is freely distributed as open-source from a public research data repository. It ensures the reproducibility of experiments and allows other researchers to extend the current approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: agent-based simulation; smart communication protocols, agent-based social simulation; multi-agent system; agent-oriented software engineering; agriculture; sensor network agent-based simulation; smart communication protocols, agent-based social simulation; multi-agent system; agent-oriented software engineering; agriculture; sensor network
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García-Magariño, I.; Lacuesta, R.; Lloret, J. ABS-SmartComAgri: An Agent-Based Simulator of Smart Communication Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks for Debugging in Precision Agriculture. Sensors 2018, 18, 998.

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García-Magariño I, Lacuesta R, Lloret J. ABS-SmartComAgri: An Agent-Based Simulator of Smart Communication Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks for Debugging in Precision Agriculture. Sensors. 2018; 18(4):998.

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García-Magariño, Iván; Lacuesta, Raquel; Lloret, Jaime. 2018. "ABS-SmartComAgri: An Agent-Based Simulator of Smart Communication Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks for Debugging in Precision Agriculture" Sensors 18, no. 4: 998.

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