Wireless adhoc sensor and actuator networks on the farm

Sikka, Pavan, Corke, Peter, Valencia, Philip, Crossman, Chris, Swain, Dave, & Bishop-Hurley, Greg (2006) Wireless adhoc sensor and actuator networks on the farm. In Proceedings 5th International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, 2006. (IPSN) 2006 : SESSION: SPOTS'06, ACM, Nashville Marriot at Vanderbilt University hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, pp. 492-499.

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Agriculture accounts for a significant portion of the GDP in most developed countries. However, managing farms, particularly largescale extensive farming systems, is hindered by lack of data and increasing shortage of labour. We have deployed a large heterogeneous sensor network on a working farm to explore sensor network applications that can address some of the issues identified above. Our network is solar powered and has been running for over 6 months. The current deployment consists of over 40 moisture sensors that provide soil moisture profiles at varying depths, weight sensors to compute the amount of food and water consumed by animals, electronic tag readers, up to 40 sensors that can be used to track animal movement (consisting of GPS, compass and accelerometers), and 20 sensor/actuators that can be used to apply different stimuli (audio, vibration and mild electric shock) to the animal. The static part of the network is designed for 24/7 operation and is linked to the Internet via a dedicated high-gain radio link, also solar powered. The initial goals of the deployment are to provide a testbed for sensor network research in programmability and data handling while also being a vital tool for scientists to study animal behavior. Our longer term aim is to create a management system that completely transforms the way farms are managed.

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ID Code: 33817
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: IEEE/ACM Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN)2006 includes IPSN Track on Sensor Platform, Tools and Design Methods for Networked Embedded Systems (SPOTS)
Keywords: Internet, wireless ad hoc sensor, solar powered network, radio link, heterogeneous sensor network, farm management, agriculture, actuator network
DOI: 10.1145/1127777.1127852
ISBN: 1-59593-334-4 Print
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 ACM
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2010 00:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:13

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