African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6786

Full Length Research Paper

The research of an advanced wireless sensor networks for agriculture

Xiaoqing Yu1,3, Pute Wu1,2,3*, Wenting Han1,2,3 and Zenglin Zhang1
1Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Shaanxi, Yangling, 712100, China. 2National Engineering Research Center for Water Saving Irrigation at Yangling, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shaanxi, Yangling, 712100, China. 3Research Institute of Water-saving Agriculture of Arid Regions of China, Shaanxi, Yangling, 712100, China.
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  •  Accepted: 17 January 2012
  •  Published: 04 February 2012


The advanced wireless sensor networks constitute one of the promising application areas of the recently developed wireless sensor networking techniques. It contains two parts: the terrestrial wireless sensor networks (WSN) and the underground wireless sensor networks (WUSN). The main difference between the hybrid WSN and the conventional wireless sensor networks is the aspect of WUSN, which communicates in the soil. The terrestrial WSN suffer from intensive human involvement and delay of information. There lacks a coherent system that coordinates various technologies including the terrestrial and underground sensor networks to improve the system. In this paper, the hybrid wireless sensor network architecture for agriculture information system is introduced. The framework to deploy and operate the hybrid WSN is developed. Based on the framework, research tests and results are discussed.


Key words: Hybrid wireless sensor networks (WSN), information collection, agriculture, wireless underground sensor networks (WUSN), monitoring.