A Prototype of Service Oriented Architecture for Precision Agriculture

  • S. LanucaraEmail author
  • A. Oggioni
  • S. Di Fazio
  • G. Modica
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 67)


Precision Agriculture (PA) takes advantage of digital technologies to improve agricultural production and its economic and environmental sustainability. The main issues in the implementation and spread of PA include (a) harmonization and (b) interpretation of heterogeneous data collected from different sources; (c) interoperability of systems and data; (d) implementation of new algorithms and methodologies coming from research projects; (e) semantic enablement of meta-data. To help solve these issues we propose a software infrastructure prototype developed in the framework of the SATFARMING project, and based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) concept, free open-source software (FOSS), interoperability of data and web services through the accomplishment of international standards, semantic enablement of data description.


Precision Agriculture (PA) Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Interoperability Semantic Enablement 



The activity presented in the paper is part of the research grant SATFARMING-2017–19.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Lanucara
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Oggioni
    • 1
  • S. Di Fazio
    • 2
  • G. Modica
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IREA-CNR)MilanItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di AgrariaUniversità degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio CalabriaReggio CalabriaItaly

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