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Low-Cost Wireless Sensing System for Precision Agriculture Applications in Orchards

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Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology (IBO), 6th km Charilaou-Thermi Rd, GR 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA), University of Turin, Largo Braccini 2, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy
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FarmB Digital Agriculture P.C., Doiranis 17, GR 54639 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(13), 5858; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11135858
Received: 9 June 2021 / Revised: 19 June 2021 / Accepted: 22 June 2021 / Published: 24 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applied Agri-Technologies 2)
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) can be reliable tools in agricultural management. In this work, a low cost, low power consumption, and simple wireless sensing system dedicated for agricultural environments is presented. The system is applicable to small to medium sized fields, located anywhere with cellular network coverage, even in isolated rural areas. The novelty of the developed system lies in the fact that it uses a dummy device as Coordinator which through simple but advanced programming can receive, process, and send data packets from all End-nodes to the cloud via a 4G cellular network. Furthermore, it is energy independent, using solar energy harvesting panels, making it feasible to operate in remote, isolated fields. A star topology was followed for the sake of simplification, low energy demands and increased network reliability. The developed system was tested and evaluated in laboratory and real field environment with satisfactory operation in terms of independence, and operational reliability concerning packet losses, communication range (>250 m covering fields up to 36 ha), energy autonomy, and uninterrupted operation. The network can support up to seven nodes in a 30 min data acquisition cycle. These results confirmed the potential of this system to serve as a viable option for monitoring environmental, soil, and crop parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless networks; precision agriculture; IoT; agricultural sensors wireless networks; precision agriculture; IoT; agricultural sensors
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Tagarakis, A.C.; Kateris, D.; Berruto, R.; Bochtis, D. Low-Cost Wireless Sensing System for Precision Agriculture Applications in Orchards. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5858. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11135858

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Tagarakis AC, Kateris D, Berruto R, Bochtis D. Low-Cost Wireless Sensing System for Precision Agriculture Applications in Orchards. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(13):5858. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11135858

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Tagarakis, Aristotelis C., Dimitrios Kateris, Remigio Berruto, and Dionysis Bochtis. 2021. "Low-Cost Wireless Sensing System for Precision Agriculture Applications in Orchards" Applied Sciences 11, no. 13: 5858. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11135858

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