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Vol. 142, No. 7, July 2012, pp. 69-75




Development of an Automatic Wireless System Applied for Soil Temperature Measurement


1 S. Makhlouf, 2 M. Laghrouche

1 L.M.S.E. Laboratory, Department of Mechanics, Mouloud Mammeri University,
Po Box 17 RP 15000, Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria,

2 LAMPA Laboratory, Department of Electronics, Mouloud MAMMERI University,
Po Box 17 RP 15000, Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria

E-mail: saidmakhlouf@yahoo.com, larouche_67@yahoo.fr



Received: 20 June 2012   /Accepted: 23 July 2012   /Published: 31 July 2012

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: Soil temperature is an important hydrologic parameter which affects exchanges of sensible and latent heat between the land surface and the atmosphere. A data acquisition system based on an 18F8887 microcontroller, which scans 10 sensors together at intervals programmable from one minute to one hour, is implemented for soil temperature measurements. The data are stored in a removable, non-volatile random access memory and then transferred via ZigBee wireless communication to a control center for processing and displaying. This system is versatile and easily transportable. It has been used to supervise the evolution of the temperature in the soil at different depths.


Keywords: Microcontroller, Data acquisition, Soil temperature measurements, Zig-Bee



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