WiSense nodes in a greenhouse

We  recently had  the opportunity to demonstrate a small network of WiSense nodes in a greenhouse which is being used to grow roses. The network was used to measure the ambient temperature, humidity and soil moisture content in 3 different spots inside the greenhouse.  Greenhouses are typically 0.5 acres or more. The one we visited was pretty basic with zero automation.  We are interested in helping the owners increase the yield and quality by providing them relevant data 24/7. Usually, the owners are out on business  trips and currently they have no way to monitor greenhouse conditions remotely.

We installed three battery powered sensor nodes and 1 coordinator node attached to a laptop. It took just couple of minutes for the nodes to start sending data to the office located near the greenhouse.

While we  were  monitoring  the data  in the  office, suddenly the moisture levels from the soil moisture sensor node  started dropping. When I entered  the  greenhouse to investigate, I found the sensor missing !! Seemed as if the sensor node had grown legs and walked away. By the time I got back to the office to inform the  others, the sensor node had stopped reporting data. Luckily, one of the workers saw a kid running away with something in his hand.  Our host got a couple of guys on a bike to follow the kid and we got the sensor back. I reinstalled the sensor after the kid assured me that he won’t do it again.

Here are some pics of the greenhouse.

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Posted on March 10, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. 1you will have to fix the box above the reach of kids with a scorpion picture on it
    as far mosture sensor you will have to camofloge it under a leaf plant or

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