Experience in Deploying a Wireless Sensor Network in a Vineyard

  • José A. Gay-Fernandez
  • Iñigo Cuiñas
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 314)


The experience in deploying and maintaining a wireless sensor network in a vineyard is presented in this chapter. The first problem to be solved is the lack of propagation models for radio propagation in vegetation environments when applying a peer to peer network design. So, the first task was to carry out measurement campaign that allows the definition of propagation models. Once the model is defined, the distances between adjacent networks could be estimated and then the network could be planned. Different problems appeared after deploying the network, and some of them are reported and analysed in the chapter. Finally some sensor data are presented as well.


Propagation Power Decay Factor Wireless Sensor Network Vineyard Node Sensor Humidity Temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José A. Gay-Fernandez
    • 1
  • Iñigo Cuiñas
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Teoría do Sinal e ComunicaciónsUniversidade de VigoVigoSpain

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