Test The Water Usage Of The Smart Agricultural System

2476 Words Apr 28th, 2016 10 Pages
To test the water usage of the smart agricultural system, data was collected for the three different types of algorithms implemented for this project: timed based, reactive, and proactive control of the environment. The timed based algorithm turns the water pump on based only on the time of the day. The reactive algorithm turns the water pump on only if the soil moisture falls below a certain threshold. The first two algorithms only consider one type of data for their algorithms, either time or soil moisture. Comparatively, the proactive algorithm actively monitors the environmental conditions to determine the best time to turn the water pump on. The proactive algorithm monitors the soil moisture, temperature, humidity, pressure, time of day, and weather to determine when watering should take place. Detailed descriptions of each of these algorithms can be found in the Smart Algorithm section above. To test the algorithms, each algorithm was run for 5 days. During this period the amount of water dispensed to each environment was measured. These tests were performed in a controlled indoor environment. Compared to an outside environment the controlled environment resulted in similar values for humidity, pressure, and light, but differing values for temperature and rain. There was significantly less variation in temperature in the controlled indoor environment; the temperatures did not get as hot or as cold. The outdoor environment had high temperatures of 25 degrees…
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