Urban lawns monitoring in smart city environments

Marín Peira, José Fernando and Parra, Lorena and Rocher, Javier and Sendra, Sandra and Lloret, Jaime and Mauri, Pedro Vicente and Masaguer Rodríguez, Alberto (2018). Urban lawns monitoring in smart city environments. "Journal of Sensors" ; pp. 1-16. ISSN 1687-7268. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/8743179.


Title: Urban lawns monitoring in smart city environments
  • Marín Peira, José Fernando
  • Parra, Lorena
  • Rocher, Javier
  • Sendra, Sandra
  • Lloret, Jaime
  • Mauri, Pedro Vicente
  • Masaguer Rodríguez, Alberto
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Sensors
Date: 2018
ISSN: 1687-7268
Freetext Keywords: CMOS sensor; smart city; urban lawns; water sustainability; water irrigation; drone; RGB; wireless sensor networks (WSN)
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Producción Agraria
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The control of water usage for irrigation purposes is a key factor in order to achieve the sustainability in the agriculture. The irrigation of urban lawns supposes a high percentage in the urban water usage. The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offers the possibility of monitoring the grass state in order to adjust the irrigation regime. In this paper, we propose an Arduino-based system with a camera set on a drone. The drone flies along the garden taking pictures of the grass. Those pictures are processed with a rule-based algorithm that classifies them according to the grass quality. Three different categories can be tagged to the picture, high coverage, low coverage or very low coverage. After designing our algorithm, twelve pictures are used to verify its correct operation. The results show a 100% hit rate. To analyse the suitability of using drones to perform this task, we carry out a comparative study for gardens with different size where the drone and other similar system mounted on a small autonomous vehicle have been used. The results show that, for gardens higher than 1,000 m2 the use of drone is needed due to the time consumed by the vehicle to cover the entire surface. Finally, the study concludes with a comparative regarding to the amount of information sent through the network.

Funding Projects

Government of SpainFPU14/02953UnspecifiedMinisterio de Educación, Cultura y DeporteUnspecified

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Item ID: 52142
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/52142/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:52142
DOI: 10.1155/2018/8743179
Official URL: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/js/2018/8743179/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 30 Oct 2018 16:40
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 08:39
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