Designing a Farmer Interface for Smart Irrigation in Developing Countries

Audace Byishimo, Aminata A. Garba
We designed an application for interfacing a farmer and the communications and control systems when automated irrigation is used. The objective is to minimize the farmer’s direct interaction with the technical systems. The proposed application allows visualization and compilation of the data collected by the sensors used in a smart agriculture system. It can also allow the farmer or an authorized third party to modify the irrigation parameters without knowledge of and/or changing the irrigation hardware system, given them control back on the irrigation when required. We use GSM communication networks due to theirs widespread implementation in developing countries, their extended coverage and relatively low cost when compared to other access technologies, e.g., wired Ethernet, in these countries.