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A new generation of wireless sensors for integrated precise agriculture

Objective

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the ever growing demand for more agricultural products forced farmers to adopt resource-intensive and unsustainable practices which increased economic and environmental costs. Precision agriculture (PA), one of the most significant advancement in agriculture since the advent of mechanization, allows taking into account the spatial and temporal needs of soil and crop to maximize production and profitability while minimizing risk. Wireless sensors networks have recently emerged as one of the key technologies to implement precision agriculture and have already been applied to precision irrigation, the application of water to a given site in a volume and at a time needed for optimum crop production. However, up to now, the lack of adequate sensors for soil fertilizers sensing prevented the implementation of WSNs for site specific fertilization, the application of the right amount of fertilizers at the right time in the right place. The AgriSensAct project will result in the development of an integrated PA system which will allow precise management of the crops taking by integrating several of the main practices of PA. The proposed system is based on the AgriProbe concept, a modular device including specific modules for sensors, energy supply and communications, that can be tailored for each specific agricultural application. The AgriProbe project will result in the development of new processes both for soil nitrogen sensing and energy harvesting and new product concepts including modular sensor probes and contact-connection systems that will allow the SMEs of the consortium to gain o competitive edge in their respective markets and to expand/consolidate their core businesses.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/smart sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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Coordinator

GRANDESIGN - DESIGN NA INDUSTRIA LDA
Address
Estrada De Leiria 210 Embra
2431 967 Marinha Grande
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 200 837
Administrative Contact
Clara Curado (Ms.)

Participants (8)

ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere S.A.

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Rua D. Manuel I 92
3030 320 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luisa Matos (Ms.)
ENVIX SRO

Participation ended

Czechia
Address
Luzna Vokovice 591 4
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ladislav Cvrček (Dr.)
WAYDIP ENERGIA E AMBIENTE LDA

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Parque Ciencia E Tecnologia Dacovilha 0 Edificio Parkurbis Zona Industrial Tortosendo
6200-865 Covilha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Duarte (Mr.)
BODEGA MATARROMERA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 194 358,75
Address
Ctra. San Bernardo S/n
47359 Valbuena De Duero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rubén Gallo (Mr.)
INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 12 100
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes
3030-199 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Manaia (Mrs)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 13 568
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simon Demir (Mr.)
ADVAMAT SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 100 329,75
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
16000 Praha 6
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Danek Martin (Dr.)
VIRTUAL POWER SOLUTIONS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 491 507,50
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes Edificio D
3030 199 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luisa Matos (Ms.)