Publicated on April 05, 2012
Thanks to a sensor reading system of the meteorological station and on-line data administration, as well as an automated greenhouse monitoring system, real-time meteorological data is available on-line to support researchers and to serve the community in general.
An automated system was installed in the CGNA meteorological station located in the community of Vilcún in the Araucania Region. The system will allow for uploading real time meteorological data to the CGNA website (with a maximum delay of two minutes) with the aim of sharing this data with the community in the zone, in particular with agricultural producers.
This automated system has also been installed in the CGNA greenhouse by Richard Medina Leal, as part of his practicum as a student of Civil Industrial Engineering, with a minor in informatics, at the Universided de la Frontera, working under the supervision of CGNA informatics engineer, Marcos Olivos Trujillo.
The work undertaken by the practicum student consisted of configuring the greenhouse system for sensor readings and obtaining information of interest for CGNA researchers. The meteorological information (exterior and interior temperatures and others) is collected and stored in a database so that it can later be accessed from any source that supports it.
The weather data is available in the CGNA website and its intranet where the components of the greenhouse data are accessible. The greenhouse has a warning system to detect temperatures rising above or falling below established levels and can indicate temperatures with on-line intranet warning light and in critical situations send emails to interested researchers.
The idea of this system is that greenhouse and meteorological sensor readings and on-line data is not only available to CGNA researchers, but also that this is a support to the region, because of which real time data is available at www.cgna.cl.