Many communities in rural India experience water shortages, partially due to unsustainable agricultural practices.
To reverse this trend while maintaining the same yield and productivity of agricultural crops, faculty from Amrita University’s Center for Wireless Networks and Applications are developing a wireless sensor network system to monitor, inform, and eventually automate irrigation during dry seasons.
In partnership with Amrita University’s Live-In-Labs, Matthew Falcone, recent graduate of UB’s Environmental Engineering program, travelled to a remote village with a team of students to assess the status of the water supply, collect samples of various types of soil, and perform sensor range testing at various sites throughout the fields surrounding the village. Upon return to campus, Matthew and his colleagues conducted laboratory analyses to determine physical and hydraulic properties of the soil. These data will be used to design an experimental procedure testing and demonstrating the wireless soil sensor network to inform future projects that aim to improve village farming and irrigation.