AS  Vol.12 No.5 , May 2021
Development and Application of Cell-Phone-Based Internet of Things (IoT) Systems for Soil Moisture Monitoring
Abstract: Active soil moisture monitoring is an important consideration in irrigation water management. A permanent and readily accessible record of changes in soil moisture can be used to improve future water management decision-making. Similarly, accessing stored soil moisture data in near-real-time is also essential for making timely farming and management decisions, such as where, when, and how much irrigation to apply. Access to reliable communication systems and delivery of real-time data can be affected by its availability near production fields. Therefore, soil moisture monitoring systems with real-time data functionality that can meet the needs of farmers at an affordable cost are currently needed. The objective of the study was to develop and fieldtest affordable cell-phone-based Internet of things (IoT) systems for soil moisture monitoring. These IoT systems were designed using low-cost hardware components and open-source software to transmit soil moisture data from the Watermark 200SS or ECH2O EC-5 sensors. These monitoring systems utilized either Particle Electron or Particle Proton Arduino-compatible devices for data communication. The IoT soil moisture monitoring systems have been deployed and operated successfully over the last three years in South Carolina.
Cite this paper: Payero, J. , Marshall, M. , Farmaha, B. , Davis, R. and Nafchi, A. (2021) Development and Application of Cell-Phone-Based Internet of Things (IoT) Systems for Soil Moisture Monitoring. Agricultural Sciences, 12, 549-564. doi: 10.4236/as.2021.125035.

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