Soil moisture based irrigation test in a remotely monitored automated system
Author: Ronny Gorata Matenge
The proposed paper aims at determining the most efficient soil moisture monitoring method in an intelligent remotely monitored system. The project also demonstrates the economic viability of an integrated system of production were water requirement, nutrients and pH are kept optimum automatically. The system is designed to overcome the challenges of water wastage, nutrition deficit, pH imbalance and leaching of nutrients. This system is powered by Solar System, controlled by Microcontroller and programmed using LabVIEW Software. The Microcontroller is connected GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) wireless network, which allows the system to communicate with the farmer remotely using a mobile phone. This proposed smart farming technology is environmentally friendly, efficient, cost effective and gives the farmer the power to control and monitor production in real time.
Illustration Photo: BSU Cooper Farm has a network of environmental sensors, monitoring weather, soil moisture and water quality (credits: Fondriest Environmental / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))
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