A wireless communication system for automated greenhouse operations

Yi Chich Chiu, Pen Yuan Yang, T. E. Grift

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The objective of this research was to develop a wireless system enabling communication between a Central Control Unit and four robots that worked in a model greenhouse. The wireless system could be applied to control multiple robots in fruit picking, pesticide spraying, and resource transportation. Two of the robots were designated as "work-robots", traveling in work ways between plants. The other two "assist-robots", moving in two passage ways, had the task of carrying the work-robots to designated work ways. The results showed that the success rate of system operations under varying conditions was consistently above 95%. The developed wireless control system has shown potential for application in real life greenhouse operations and as an educational tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-85
Number of pages8
JournalEngineering in Agriculture, Environment and Food
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Automation
  • Control
  • Logistics
  • Robot
  • Transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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