Title: RFID sensor network-based automation system for monitoring and tracking of sandalwood trees

Authors: S. Srinivasan; H. Ranganathan

Addresses: St. Peters University, Avadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600054, India ' Department of ECE, Sakthi Mariamman Engineering College, Narayanasamy nagar, 55, Thandalam, Chennai, 602105, India

Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) emerges as one of the converging technologies. It is a powerful medium for identification of any object and leads all methods in auto ID umbrella. RFID is now key technology in the field of asset tracking. In India, sandalwood is considered to be an important national asset. In this paper, a novel method is proposed to monitor illegal cutting of sandalwood trees in the forest. In India, it is maintained by forest department. There are many problems in maintaining that since it is a very expensive one. Our forest department and police department face a number of challenges in safeguarding this important national asset. Main objective of this work is to monitor each tree continuously and to control smuggling. Latest RFID sensor network helps us to solve this problem. RFID tags are placed in the tree and using RFID readers it is continuously monitored. If the tree is cut by unauthorised person, sensors will trigger the transceiver to transmit tag ID and alert signal to the control room. For this, ZigBee network and mobile network are used.

Keywords: radio frequency identification; ZigBee; internet of things; IoT; MATLAB; GSM; RFID readers; sensor networks; illegal logging; logging monitoring; tree tracking; sandalwood trees; timber smuggling control; mobile networks; illegal tree cutting.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2013.053081

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2013 Vol.8 No.2, pp.154 - 161

Received: 13 Sep 2011
Accepted: 09 Apr 2012

Published online: 04 Apr 2013 *

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