Irrigation Scheduling Software Development

David Kohanbash and George A. Kantor
Irrigation Association, November, 2012.


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Abstract
Current developments in the next generation Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN’s) allows for distributed irrigation control from a centralized basestation. This work presents several methods of irrigation control based on WSN’s as well as the user interface to make it happen. WSN irrigation methods start with manual commands, moves onto node based irrigation, and then extends to a global based irrigation approach. The user interface needs to be able to configure the different modes while allowing users to monitor irrigation spatially as well as temporally. This work explores the tradeoffs in node software development to allow for optimal node performance. One of these innovations is a configurable pulse time for irrigation events. This system is deployed and being tested in different types of agricultural environments to help determine irrigation scheduling needs of various agricultural techniques. Developing new irrigation software that allows for clear and easy control is critical as new systems are fielded to improve the user experience and provide the requisite details to irrigate ideally.

Keywords
WSN, wireless sensor networks, irrigation, control, intelligent, user interface, GUI, software, base station, basestation

Notes
Sponsor: USDA-NIFA
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Distributed SensorWebs
Number of pages: 7

Text Reference
David Kohanbash and George A. Kantor, "Irrigation Scheduling Software Development," Irrigation Association, November, 2012.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Kohanbash_2012_7322,
   author = "David Kohanbash and George A Kantor",
   title = "Irrigation Scheduling Software Development",
   booktitle = "Irrigation Association",
   month = "November",
   year = "2012",
}