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Wireless adhoc sensor and actuator networks on the farm
conference contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by P Sikka, P Corke, P Valencia, C Crossman, David SwainDavid Swain, G Bishop-Hurley
Agriculture accounts for a significant portion of the GDP in mostdeveloped countries. However, managing farms, particularly largescaleextensive 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.
Number of Pages8
PublisherThe Association for Computing Machinery
Place of PublicationNew York, N.Y.
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External Author AffiliationsCSIRO ICT Centre; CSIRO Livestock Industries;