Remote supervision and control based on wireless technology to operation of central pivot irrigation machine

  • Lianet Avello Fernández Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas
  • Eduardo Izaguirre Castellanos Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas
  • Manuel Luciano Vidal Díaz Instituto de Investigaciones de la Caña de Azúcar (INICA)
  • Alain S. Martínez Laguardia Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas
  • Luis Hernández Santana Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas
Keywords: Remote monitoring, center pivot irrigation machine, programmable logic controller, wireless technology.


The availability of water resources in agriculture is a growing concern throughout the planet. The new technologies of automation and communications offer a set of solutions for the collection and analysis of information that make possible the decision making in the modern systems of agricultural irrigation. Important steps have been taken in the automation of irrigation systems, focused on the adequate determination of water requirements in crops, which has a positive effect on the saving of energy carriers, water resources, and agricultural productivity. In the present research we propose to perform a real-time control and monitoring system, allowing the operation and remote monitoring of irrigation machines of center pivot. For this, a programmable logic controller and wireless communication technology are used, according with the requirements and characteristics of the context of agricultural application..


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Author Biographies

Lianet Avello Fernández, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas

Automation Engineer from the Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas [UCLV] (Cuba, 2016). She is professor at the Department of Automation and Computational Systems (Electrical Engineering Faculty, UCLV). He belongs to the Automation, Robotics and Perception Group [GARP] since 2016, where she researches about automation of irrigation systems with applications in precision agriculture. He has participated in several national and international events related to that subject 

Eduardo Izaguirre Castellanos, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas

Doctor in Sciences (2012) y Master in Automation (1997). He is professor at the Automation Department (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas [UCLV]. His experience includes nine years working for the industrial sector in Cuba and more than twenty-five years as a teacher in the UCLV. He has published several papers in high impact journals and participated in international scientific events. He has won several provincial CITMA awards and one national ACC. He belongs to the Automation, Robotics and Perception Research Group [GARP], where he researches in the modeling, simulation and control of mechatronic systems and automation with applications in precision agriculture and irrigation systems. He is a reviewer of several international scientific journals

Manuel Luciano Vidal Díaz, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Caña de Azúcar (INICA)

Agronomy Engineer and Doctor in Technical Sciences from the Universidad Central de Las Villas [UCLV] (Cuba). He carries out his scientific work in the specialty of irrigation, thematic area in which he has extensive experience. He worked as Director of the Sugar Cane Research Territorial Station [ETICA] of Villa Clara (Cuba). He currently works at the National Institute of Sugar Cane (INICA), as head of department and researching in issues related to precision agriculture applied to cane cultivation 

Alain S. Martínez Laguardia, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas

Engineer in Automation and Master in Telematics from the Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas [UCLV] (Cuba, 2001 and 2005, respectively), with a Ph.D., in Engineering (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and the UCLV, 2015). Since 2001 he is a member of the Automation and Computer Systems Department of the UCLV, where he is currently a full professor and head of the department. He teaches in several fields of the computer-programming discipline. Founder of the Automation, Robotics and Perception Group, since 2003 he has been researching the design of embedded systems and the development and application of autonomous vehicles. He has participated in several international research projects

Luis Hernández Santana, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas

Engineer in Control-Automation and Doctor in Technical Sciences from the Universidad Central de Las Villas [UCLV] (Cuba), institution where he is a professor of the Department of Automation and Computer Systems. He is the Scientific Responsible for the Automation Robotics and Perception Group [GARP]. He conducts research about guidance and control of autonomous vehicles and in topics of precision agriculture, including: automatic irrigation systems, automation of agricultural machinery and use of unmanned aerial vehicles in crop monitoring. Also, he leads research projects related to precision agriculture 


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