PalmNET: An open-source wireless sensor network for oil palm plantations

Maria Culman, Jesus M.T. Portocarrero, Cesar D. Guerrero, Cristihian Bayona, Jorge Luis Torres, Claudio Miceli De Farias

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Abstract

In this paper, a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) solution is proposed for soil's condition measurement to monitor oil palm plantations (PalmNET) according to agricultural meteorological practices. The PalmNET monitoring system is composed by a WSN used for in-field soil's condition measurement and a web-server interface for data visualization. PalmNET can automatically collect soil moisture data and transmit field data through a ZigBee network to a web-server. The PalmNET proof-of-concept is a WSN built upon open-source hardware and software, which includes two sensor nodes, a sink and a Gateway with a GPRS module. The WSN was deployed in Palmar de la Vizcaína Experimental Field Station having the following proof of concept objectives: (i) collect and centralize soil moisture data and (ii) post data to a web application interface. Results have revealed PalmNET as a feasible, automated and solar powered application for oil palm plantations in Colombia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-788
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the 2017 IEEE 14th International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, ICNSC 2017
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017
Event14th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, ICNSC 2017 - Calabria, Italy
Duration: 16 May 201718 May 2017

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