Management of mobile data in a crop field

Richard K. Lomotey, Ralph Deters

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The diversity of the mobile landscape is shaping the business outlook of several enterprises including the agricultural sector. Today, there are several opportunities that can be harnessed in terms of productivity, mechanization, revenue, and so on when mobile technology is combined with agriculture technology. Especially, with mobile apps, agriculturists such as crop farmers can have access to timely information that can aid them in making decisions on pesticide information control. The problem however is that, mobile devices communicate over wireless mediums that can be unreliable. This situation causes the back-end to be unreachable from the mobile, and subsequently denial of service when the farmers want to access information at the crop field. This work proposes a reliable distributed mobile architecture that enables crop farmers to access timely information. Firstly, we designed a three layered architecture that comprises a middleware to enable the farmers to access the data when they have access to Wi-Fi or 3.5/4G. Secondly, the mobile node is designed to hoard the data in a NoSQL database to prevent frequent requests being sent to the back-end and to ensure offline accessibility. Finally, when the farmers are offline, they are facilitated to communicate with their friends through Bluetooth in order to synchronize the most up to date information. Preliminary tests show that the proposed system is reliable in terms of the management of the mobile data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Mobile Services, MS 2014
EditorsRong Chang, Nimish Radia, Yan Wang
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479950607
StatePublished - Oct 14 2014
Event2014 3rd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Services, MS 2014 - Anchorage, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2014Jul 2 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2014 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Mobile Services, MS 2014


Other2014 3rd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Services, MS 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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