Developing Ubiquitous Sensor Network Platform Using Internet of Things: Application in Precision Agriculture

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Title: Developing Ubiquitous Sensor Network Platform Using Internet of Things: Application in Precision Agriculture
Authors: Ferrandez-Pastor, Francisco-Javier | García-Chamizo, Juan Manuel | Nieto-Hidalgo, Mario | Mora Pascual, Jerónimo Manuel | Mora-Martínez, José
Research Group/s: Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación
Keywords: Precision agriculture | Ubiquitous sensor network | Internet of things
Knowledge Area: Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores
Issue Date: 22-Jul-2016
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Ferrández-Pastor FJ, García-Chamizo JM, Nieto-Hidalgo M, Mora-Pascual J, Mora-Martínez J. Developing Ubiquitous Sensor Network Platform Using Internet of Things: Application in Precision Agriculture. Sensors. 2016; 16(7):1141. doi:10.3390/s16071141
Abstract: The application of Information Technologies into Precision Agriculture methods has clear benefits. Precision Agriculture optimises production efficiency, increases quality, minimises environmental impact and reduces the use of resources (energy, water); however, there are different barriers that have delayed its wide development. Some of these main barriers are expensive equipment, the difficulty to operate and maintain and the standard for sensor networks are still under development. Nowadays, new technological development in embedded devices (hardware and communication protocols), the evolution of Internet technologies (Internet of Things) and ubiquitous computing (Ubiquitous Sensor Networks) allow developing less expensive systems, easier to control, install and maintain, using standard protocols with low-power consumption. This work develops and test a low-cost sensor/actuator network platform, based in Internet of Things, integrating machine-to-machine and human-machine-interface protocols. Edge computing uses this multi-protocol approach to develop control processes on Precision Agriculture scenarios. A greenhouse with hydroponic crop production was developed and tested using Ubiquitous Sensor Network monitoring and edge control on Internet of Things paradigm. The experimental results showed that the Internet technologies and Smart Object Communication Patterns can be combined to encourage development of Precision Agriculture. They demonstrated added benefits (cost, energy, smart developing, acceptance by agricultural specialists) when a project is launched.
Sponsor: This research was supported by Industrial Computers and Computer Networks program (I2RC) (2015/2016) funded by the University of Alicante.
ISSN: 1424-8220
DOI: 10.3390/s16071141
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (
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