A hybrid WSN system for environment monitoring at poultry buildings

Qi, Haixia and Zhou, Hong and Low, Tobias and Mehdizadeh, S. and Tscharke, M. and Banhazi, T. (2013) A hybrid WSN system for environment monitoring at poultry buildings. In: SEAg 2013: Innovative Agricultural Technologies for a Sustainable Future, 22-24 Sept 2013, Barton, Western Australia.

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The environmental quality inside a livestock building is very important for the welfare of the animals and stockmen. Environmental quality is normally assessed by measuring air temperature, relative humidity, and airborne dust concentration. With the advance of wireless communications technologies, it is possible to automatically monitor and control the environmental variables continuously inside a livestock building with low cost and without much human intervention. This paper introduces a system which uses hybrid fixed and mobile wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies to achieve such outcomes. This system consists of a number of fixed sensors to measure the environmental variables, a wireless network gateway and a small mobile vehicle/robot. The fixed sensors are used not only for collecting the environmental data but also positioning the mobile vehicle. The system was implemented and some experiments were carried out at labs at the University of Southern Queensland. Comparing with other methods, the results show that the system can automatically collect accurate environmental data periodically with flexibility and reliability.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published Version deposited with the permission of the Conference Chair (Scientific Committee).
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2014 11:45
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: wireless sensor networks, environment monitor, mobile measurement system, animal welfare
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070207 Humane Animal Treatment
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9601 Air Quality > 960199 Air Quality not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24486

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