Title: Radio frequency identification and wireless sensor networks application domains integration using DASH7 Mode 2 standard in agriculture

Authors: Dimitrios D. Piromalis; Konstantinos G. Arvanitis

Addresses: Department of Automation, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, P. Ralli and 250 Thivon, GR 12244, Egaleo, Greece; Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos Str., 11855, Botanikos, Greece ' Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos Str., 11855, Botanikos, Greece

Abstract: In the last decades, agriculture has been transformed from a traditionally labor-intensive production activity to a highly knowledge-intensive industrial activity. Advanced technologies for networking, measurements, control, decision making and management have been adopted by modern agriculture in order to increase quality and quantity of products and to minimise materials and energy. Wireless sensor networks and radio frequency identification are two of the most challenging technologies used in agriculture that are traditionally separated from each other. Recently, the integration of these technologies has attracted the interest of researchers targeting to systems interoperability and compatibility as well as the support of concepts as the 'from farm-to-fork'. This paper presents the standards associated with the integration of the radio frequency identification (RFID) and wireless sensor networks (WSN) technologies and describes the advantages of the DASH7 standard for agriculture. In addition, the design of a DASH7-based wireless node is presented with emphasis on real-life applications in agriculture. Finally, an architecture of the RFID and WSN domains integration from systems perspective is presented.

Keywords: wireless sensor networks; WSNs; DASH7 standard; radio frequency identification; RFID; precision agriculture; ISO/IEC 18000-7; IEEE 1451; smart TEDS; transducers electronic datasheet; agricultural informatics; agricultural management; animal tagging; cold chain management; supply chain management; SCM; from farm-to-fork.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2015.070753

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2015 Vol.1 No.2, pp.178 - 189

Received: 22 May 2014
Accepted: 18 Nov 2014

Published online: 22 Jul 2015 *

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