New Prototype Architecture For Automated Irrigation Based On Power Line Communications

  • C. Donciu
  • O. Costea
  • M. Temneanu
  • R. Damian
  • M. Branzila
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)


The realization of measurement and control modules for distributed data transmission is proposed, to be implemented on automatic irrigation systems, so that it may lead to an intelligent system of irrigation combined with automatic nutrients’ injection, relying on the sensory investigation of the environment and soil parameters’ conditions. The decisional algorithm of the control center prescribes combined irrigation schedules according to the exploited crop and to its development specificity, and the investigation is carried out at the irrigation cell level, modularly. The communication data flow exploits the existent infrastructure of power supply of the automatic irrigation systems as a physical support, and it is developed through the Power Line Communications (PLC) technique. The system architecture is so conceived that it should allow its implementation on the automatic irrigation systems of both circular movement (central pivot) and linear movement. When a monitoring, control and data storage application involves the presence of the sensors and actuators on a large area, the FieldPointdistributed input–output systems offer an integrated, modular and economical solution for industrial use.


Sensor Module Decisional Algorithm Radio Frequency Signal Virtual Instrument Supply Circuit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Donciu
    • 1
  • O. Costea
    • 1
  • M. Temneanu
    • 1
  • R. Damian
    • 1
  • M. Branzila
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical MeasurementsFaculty of Electrical EngineeringIasiRomania

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