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Remote Monitoring Technologies: Real-time Data Displayed on the Internet

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2011 Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, 2011  1110681.(doi:10.13031/2013.37276)
Authors:   John Nowatzki, Ganesh Bora
Keywords:   remote monitoring, residue management, wireless technology, sensors, data loggers, cellular communication, tile drainage, tillage

Real-time monitoring of remote conditions displayed on the Internet can be used to: 1) gather research data to support teaching and Extension publications; 2) provide real-time information to crop producers for use in crop management decisions; 3) demonstrate remote monitoring technologies for Extension audiences. We remotely monitor soil and ambient conditions using electronic sensors and data loggers, and solar charged cellular modems. Data is transferred to computers using cellular and ftp technology, allowing for near real-time display on the Internet. Conditions monitored include soil temperature and moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, solar radiation, leaf wetness, and rainfall in six locations. The sensors, data loggers, modems, and solar chargers were purchased from Upward Innovations, Inc. The remotely sensed data is displayed on the Internet real-time on the North Dakota State University Extension Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Web site at:

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