Innovation in progress at the SurfIrri lab!
The latest sensor prototype developed by the Montpellier SupAgro team as part of the HubIS project has been successfully tested in the field. The “flowter sensor” is composed of two parts:
– a magnetic float that detects the presence of water in the canal
– the not immersed part, composed of the microcontroller, the wireless communication system and the battery.
Properly located, this low-cost sensor allows the remote transmission and storage of precise irrigation schedule data (frequency and duration). In a context of surface irrigation that is difficult to quantify, the information provided by this innovation can be useful for water user association or farm managers and for research purposes.