WaterBee is an Intelligent ZigBee-enabled agricultural irrigation system, which greatly enhanced the efficiency of existing irrigation systems.

WaterBee consists of a series of sensors that measure soil water content (or potential), environmental parameters that influence evapotranspiration, and indicators of crop development or physiological status. The data gathered from these sensors is sent across a low cost, low power consumption ZigBee wireless sensor network. These sensors are effectively distributed over the cultivated area, given that different areas of the field (or fields) have different water requirements.

The sensors monitor these parameters and send readings across a Zigbee mesh network to a GPRS gateway which sends all of this data to a central web service which uses an intelligent software application to automatically analyse the data and act upon it by selectively activating irrigation nodes only in the areas required.This data is fed into an intelligent software package that uses intelligent agents in order to act upon the information they are receiving from the sensors. The outputs and irrigation recommendations are presented to the user on a Smartphone App or Web Browser.

The Waterbee system fulfils the following performance objectives, to ensure its widespread uptake by growers and irrigators:

    • The system is easy to deploy and run, and facilitates irrigation scheduling tasks
    • The system is modular and flexible
  • The system design is robust, reliable and secure
  • The system is cost effective to ensure its widespread uptake by farmers