Practical Precision Agriculture with LoRa based Wireless Sensor Networks

Jonathan Gresl, Scott Fazackerley, Ramon Lawrence

Abstract

Precision agriculture is enabled by using real-time data to manage environmental variations, measure performance to improve upon previous seasons, and perform predictive analysis to make better growing decisions, resulting in higher production yields with lower production costs. Although beneficial, collecting and analyzing the environmental data is an expensive and complicated endeavor. Numerous existing wireless sensor network (WSN) solutions rely on protocols such as 802.15.4 b (LR-WPANs) and 802.11x (WLAN) but provide limited transmission range, complex communication stacks and data management, and high power consumption. Additionally, many existing services introduce challenges with data ownership and residency. These factors present a high barrier to entry for growers. The resources required to implement and maintain sensor networks are too high to justify the investment. This work presents an approach that uses inexpensive and effective hardware that is easily setup and maintained. Costs to implement the network are reduced through the use of open-source hardware. Transmission ranges and power consumption are improved by using long range (LoRa) radio transceivers. By addressing these limitations, growers will be better enabled to adopt new technologies, ultimately improving sustainability, viability, quality and profit margins in agriculture.

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in Harvard Style

Gresl J., Fazackerley S. and Lawrence R. (2021). Practical Precision Agriculture with LoRa based Wireless Sensor Networks.In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Sensor Networks - Volume 1: WSN4PA, ISBN 978-989-758-489-3, pages 131-140. DOI: 10.5220/0010394401310140


in Bibtex Style

@conference{wsn4pa21,
author={Jonathan Gresl and Scott Fazackerley and Ramon Lawrence},
title={Practical Precision Agriculture with LoRa based Wireless Sensor Networks},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Sensor Networks - Volume 1: WSN4PA,},
year={2021},
pages={131-140},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010394401310140},
isbn={978-989-758-489-3},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Sensor Networks - Volume 1: WSN4PA,
TI - Practical Precision Agriculture with LoRa based Wireless Sensor Networks
SN - 978-989-758-489-3
AU - Gresl J.
AU - Fazackerley S.
AU - Lawrence R.
PY - 2021
SP - 131
EP - 140
DO - 10.5220/0010394401310140