When: 27 April 2016, 14.00-15.00
Where: Inria-Paris, A120
Speaker: Keoma Brun-Laguna, Inria-EVA
In 2013, 85% of the peach production in the Mendoza region (Argentina) was lost because of frost. In a couple of hours, farmers can lose everything. Handling a frost event is possible, what is complicated is predicting when it is going to happen. The goal of the PEACH project is to predict frost events by analyzing measurements from sensors deployed densely around an orchard. This presentation provides an in-depth description of a complete solution we designed and deployed: the low-power wireless network and the back-end system. The low-power wireless network is composed entirely of commercial off-the-shelf devices. We develop a methodology for deploying the network and present the open-source tools to assist with the deployment and to monitor the health of network once it is deployed. The outcome of this work is a low-power wireless mesh network that is 100% reliable, with end-to-end latency below 2 s, and over 3 years of battery lifetime. This presentation discusses how the technology used is the right one for precision agriculture applications. It shows that Internet of Things technology has greatly matured, and has successfully transitioned from the academic to the commercial world.