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Sensors 2018, 18(8), 2555;

Multiparametric Monitoring in Equatorian Tomato Greenhouses (I): Wireless Sensor Network Benchmarking

Departamento de Eléctrica y Electrónica, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas, Av. General Rumiñahui s/n, Sangolquí 171-5-231B, Ecuador
Departamento de Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones, Sistemas Telemáticos y Computación, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28943 Fuenlabrada, Spain
Departamento de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE, Av. General Rumiñahui s/n, Sangolquí 171-5-231B, Ecuador
Center for Computational Simulation, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Boadilla del Monte 28660 Madrid, Spain
Carrera de Telecomunicaciones, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Cuenca 010105, Ecuador
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Received: 31 May 2018 / Revised: 31 July 2018 / Accepted: 2 August 2018 / Published: 4 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intelligent Sensor Systems for Environmental Monitoring)
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In recent years, attention has been paid to wireless sensor networks (WSNs) applied to precision agriculture. However, few studies have compared the technologies of different communication standards in terms of topology and energy efficiency. This paper presents the design and implementation of the hardware and software of three WSNs with different technologies and topologies of wireless communication for tomato greenhouses in the Andean region of Ecuador, as well as the comparative study of the performance of each of them. Two companion papers describe the study of the dynamics of the energy consumption and of the monitored variables. Three WSNs were deployed, two of them with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard with star and mesh topologies (ZigBee and DigiMesh, respectively), and a third with the IEEE 802.11 standard with access point topology (WiFi). The measured variables were selected after investigation of the climatic conditions required for efficient tomato growth. The measurements for each variable could be displayed in real time using either a laboratory virtual instrument engineering workbench (LabVIEWTM) interface or an Android mobile application. The comparative study of the three networks made evident that the configuration of the DigiMesh network is the most complex for adding new nodes, due to its mesh topology. However, DigiMesh maintains the bit rate and prevents data loss by the location of the nodes as a function of crop height. It has been also shown that the WiFi network has better stability with larger precision in its measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless sensor networks; tomato; greenhouse; ZigBee; WiFi; DigiMesh; LibeliumTM wireless sensor networks; tomato; greenhouse; ZigBee; WiFi; DigiMesh; LibeliumTM

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Erazo-Rodas, M.; Sandoval-Moreno, M.; Muñoz-Romero, S.; Huerta, M.; Rivas-Lalaleo, D.; Naranjo, C.; Rojo-Álvarez, J.L. Multiparametric Monitoring in Equatorian Tomato Greenhouses (I): Wireless Sensor Network Benchmarking. Sensors 2018, 18, 2555.

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