Carnegie Mellon University
Next-Generation Monitoring and Control Hardware Development

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

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Wireless Sensor Network (WSNs) systems form an invaluable tool in agriculture. Currently these systems are good at reporting and logging data. This work extends WSN’s for the next generation of systems. The next generation needs to have a nimble user interface capable of viewing and analyzing the data in real time. To extend the WSN capability the next step is adding direct irrigation control from the WSN nodes. This work focuses on the development of a WSN system that gives users the ability to get actionable results from the data, as well as monitor and control irrigation from a central location. A node capable of controlling irrigation was developed as well as a secure protocol to safely communicate between the basestation and the node. Other issues such as system security, graphical tools, and data management are discussed. This system is deployed at over a dozen sites and is constantly evolving based on user feedback.

WSN, wireless sensor networks, irrigation, control, intelligent, hardware, nodes

Sponsor: USDA-NIFA
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Distributed SensorWebs
Number of pages: 8

Text Reference
George A. Kantor, David Kohanbash, and Todd Martin, "Next-Generation Monitoring and Control Hardware Development," Irrigation Association, November, 2012.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "George A Kantor and David Kohanbash and Todd Martin",
   title = "Next-Generation Monitoring and Control Hardware Development",
   booktitle = "Irrigation Association",
   month = "November",
   year = "2012",