The WaterBee wireless sensor networked system is presented as an example of the Internet of Things (IoT) that will make a difference, in a recent article from B&B Electronics USA. See article at http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-blogs/internet-of-things-technologies-that-will-actually-make-a-difference/60404/
Dr. Carlos M. Campillo Torres, of Centro de Investigación Finca La Orden – Valdesequera, Departamento de Hortofruticultura . Grupo de Riego y Nutrición, of Gobierno de Extremadura explains their use of WaterBee in their advanced research on nutrition and irrigation in Extremadura , where 18% of the cultivated area is irrigated , which represents 61% of the region’sl agricultural final production at http://www.hoy.es/v/20140226/regional/sensores-para-cultivar-20140226.html
The WaterBee Soil-Moisture model is featured on Youris.com the European Research Media Center, based on an interview with Dr. Andrew Thompson of Cranfield University, at http://www.youris.com/Environment/Water_Quality/Crops_Watering_By_Phone.kl
Andrew is working to save water using maths, technology and farming intelligence. Andrew explains that the “The model divides up the soil into layers and then uses calculations for the transfer of water between layers,” Thompson says. It takes into account details of the soil, irrigation system, crop, roots and likely yields. The system makes irrigation recommendations based upon soil-moisture and weather data delivered via wireless technology to a computer server. It checks how well the simulated field matches reality and makes adjustments to bring the virtual closer to farm reality. “The main thing you need is mobile network coverage and it can work anywhere in the world really,” Thompson explains, who sees potential in Europe, South America and China in particular.
The WaterBee project is spotlighted in the Summer 2013 edition of “The REAder”, the REA internal newsletter as one of two successful SME smart water management projects from its pool of 128 on-going research projects on water currently being run by the REA agency.
WaterBee is one of the 12 examples presented in the European Commission’s publication “Investing in European success – Empowering European SMEs to innovate and grow”, that show how research and innovation by SMEs makes a real difference to EU citizens’ everyday lives, and is changing tomorrow today.
Research and innovation contributes to making Europe a better place to live and work, improving Europe’s competitiveness, future growth and ultimately job creation while tackling the main current and future societal challenges. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the innovation union and directly contributing to the aims of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. Horizon 2020 will help to bridge the gap between research and the market by helping innovative enterprises develop their scientific and technological breakthroughs into viable products and services with real commercial potential.
- WaterBee at the Irish National Ploughing Championships
- Meet WaterBee at Irish National Ploughing Championships
- .WATER-BEE Research Project.
- EEA Water for Agriculture
- ENORASIS FP7 Environment project
- EU Water Management Projects
- MARG FP7 Microwave Areal Rain Gauge
- OPARA traceability system
- SmartPaddy FP7 SME water salinity
- STREAM FP7 Water Management