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Last week, from Thursday November 25th to Saturday, November 27th, the University of Zagreb Summit was held. Among the presented FER projects was our urban garden set up as part of the IoT-field project.

For the Summit, we prepared a video about the urban garden and the IoT-field project in which you can see exactly where the urban garden is located, what it looked like in September, what the fruits were like, sensors that monitored the situation, project goals, etc.

Our researchers on the IoT-field project Katarina Mandarić, Ivan Kralj and Pavle Skočir presented the project, and recordings of the presentation are available on the Faculty’s YouTube channel (for example, the presentation on the 2nd day of the Festival is available here). The video and presentations are in Croatian language.

We are proud to have represented our Faculty, and even more proud that FER received the award for the most meaningful virtual stand at the Festival!

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Seventh project meeting

After a year in which numerous virtual meetings were held, the seventh project meeting was held live on Thursday, September 2, 2021 in Zagreb in the White Hall of FER. The all-day meeting was attended by researchers and experts from FER, FERIT and PIO.

Presentations of previous results and future activities were held at the meeting. Constructive discussions necessary for further successful cooperation of the multidisciplinary team on the project were conducted and clear guidelines for further work on the project were set.

The next day, on Friday, September 3, the junior researchers on the project held a meeting where they discussed their results, further plans and collaboration in more detail.

Photos from the meeting are available below (under "More...").

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Workshop "Smart technologies for...

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the project team of the IoT field held a workshop Smart technologies for sustainable agriculture as part of the scientific conference ConTEL 2021. The workshop was held as a hybrid event and was attended by almost 50 interested participants from academia and the professional community, live and online.

Six papers that passed the international review were presented at the workshop, and three invited lectures were held.

More details, including the list of presented papers, presentations from the workshop and photos are available here.

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Presentation by Vlatko Galić, PhD at...

Member of the project team Vlatko Galić, PhD from the Agricultural Institute Osijek held a lecture on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at a promotional seminar at the Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek on the occasion of launching a new graduate university study "Digital Agriculture". The study programme will be held in English and conducted by the Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek (FERIT) with the participation of professors and lecturers from abroad.

In his presentation, Vlatko Galić, PhD presented the IoT-field project, the system architecture and the sensor that we are developing as part of the project. The lecture also covered the topics of decision-making based on read sensory data, various problems of sensory readings and their interpretation, multispectral indices, fluorescence, etc.

You can see more about the promotional seminar and the new study programme in the report by Osijek Television here (language: Croatian).

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Monitoring crop condition in the...

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the research team of the IoT-field project organized a workshop New smart system for monitoring the condition of crops at the Agricultural Institute Osijek. Through the presentations of the researchers, the workshop participants were introduced to the details of the hardware and software solution for monitoring the condition of crops and environmental parameters in real time, which is being developed within this three-year project. After that, in the experimental field of corn of the Agricultural Institute, participants had the opportunity to see the first demonstration of a prototype of a chlorophyll fluorescence sensor that provides information about the physiological state of the plant, and is being developed within the project.

You can find out more details about the event and impressions from the workshop in articles published by journals Agroklub and in Glas Slavonije (in Croatian).

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Workshop "Smart technologies for...

The IoT-field team invites all interested parties to participate in the workshop "Smart technologies for sustainable agriculture", which is organized in the framework of the scientific conference ConTEL 2021.

The date of the workshop is Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 11:00 to 15:00 (lunch break from 12:30 to 13:30), and will be held as a hybrid event at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. The program of the workshop is available here.

Participation in the online event is open to all registered guests, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The workshop will be held in English.

Register here.

Author: Ivana Podnar Žarko

The research team of the IoT-field project invites all interested agricultural producers/family farm owners to participate in the workshop "New smart crop monitoring system", which will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Agricultural Institute Osijek, Južno predgrađe 17, Osijek.

Participation in the workshop is free for all participants, but due to the organization and the limited number of participants, registration is required. Registration for participation is possible here until the planned places are filled, ie no later than June 11, 2021. The workshop will be held in Croatian. 

Sign up as soon as possible and secure your place!

About the workshop: The application of ICT and networked devices in agriculture can significantly improve the efficiency of land use and increase the quantity and quality of yields while reducing the negative effects of climate change on crop yields of strategic importance for the Republic of Croatia. The aim of the workshop is to acquaint agricultural producers with a new smart system for monitoring the condition of crops, which is being developed as part of the scientific research project IoT-field.

Workshop program:
Introductory speech
Prof. Zvonimir Zdunić, PhD, Agricultural Institute Osijek

Introductory about the IoT field project
Prof. Ivana Podnar Žarko, PhD, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Zagreb

IoT ecosystem for agriculture - all field data in one place
Asst. Prof. Pavle Skočir, PhD, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Zagreb
Krunoslav Tržec, PhD, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Zagreb

Development of sensor node with application in precision agriculture
Josip Spišić, MSc, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek

Remote monitoring of the physiological state of the crop
Vlatko Galić, PhD, Agricultural Institute Osijek

Questions and discussion

Tour of the experiment

Refreshments and snacks

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Tomato and pepper garden at FER

On Wednesday, May 26, members of the Internet of Things Laboratory of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and COmputing University of Zagreb set up a real small garden in FER’s backyard as part of the IoT-Field project. Numerous sensors monitor the conditions for tomato and pepper seedlings planted by our University colleagues from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. While planting the seedlings, for the experiment we are conducting, part of the seedlings were enriched with substrate. The aim is to determine the influence of the selected substrate through the collected data from the sensor, plant condition and yield.

Given the effort and attention our garden has, we have no doubt of a rich harvest. In addition to our professors and assistants, students also joined the set-up process, spontaneously while passing by for which we thank them. Check out how we worked with non-program tools in the pictures below.

Author: Katarina Mandarić

On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Assoc. Prof. Domagoj Šimić from the Agricultural Institute Osijek was a guest on the radio show "Emisija za selo i poljoprivredu" (Show for Village and Agriculture) on the First Program of Croatian Radio.
Assoc. Prof. Domagoj Šimić describes the project "IoT-field", cooperation with FER and FERIT, introduction to the concept of "Internet of Things" and further plans of the project, given that the project is in its 2nd year and the installation of sensors in the fields has begun. In the interview, professor Šimić talks about the acceptance and application of smart agriculture in Croatia and how important it is to predict and take preventive action based on sensory and satellite data, and not just cause-and-effect.

The interview is in Croatian and it is available here, the interview starts at 0:19:42.

Author: Katarina Mandarić

As part of this year's ConTEL 2021 conference, a thematic workshop on Smart Agriculture Smart technologies for sustainable agriculture by the IoT-field project team will be held.

The scheduled date is July 1st 2021, and it will be organized as a hybrid event at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb if the epidemiological situation will be favorable.

In addition to the presentation of scientific and professional papers, one to two thematic lectures are planned, and potentially a round table.

The call for papers is currently open (deadline 12th April 2021), and more information about the event is available here.

Author: Katarina Mandarić

At 29th International Scientific Conference Organization and Maintenance Technology OTO 2020 the paper titled "Wireless technology for wide and open areas" was presented. It was written by researchers from FERIT - Ana Pejković, Josip Spišić, Matko Zrnić, Krešimir Grgić and Josip Balen

In the paper it's described that there are a large number of wireless technologies used for IoT, and they are designed for different applications with different characteristics. A comparison of the most practical wireless technologies for use in agriculture in wide and open areas is conducted and it is concluded that the key aspects of wide and open areas are long communication range and extended battery life. It has been concluded that technologies that meet these requirements are LoRa, Sigfox and NB-IoT. NB-IoT provides better service quality, lower latency and higher data rates while LoRa and Sigfox can provide a very low cost end node and high coverage with low power consumption for asynchronous communication with the gateway.

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Successful workshop Smart...

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 the workshop Smart technologies for sustainable agriculture was successfully organized within the scientific conference SST 2020, Osijek. The workshop was organized hybridly, i.e. it was possible to follow live and online. The workshop was attended by many interested parties from the academic community and industry.

The following presentations were held at the workshop:
Ivana Podnar Žarko and Vlatko Galić

  • IoT-field: project overview and initial results
    • Ivana Podnar Žarko and Vlatko Galić presented a view of the project from a technical and agronomic perspective with an overview of the initial results.

Damjan Katušić, Pavle Skočir, Mario Kušek and Igor Čavrak

  • Survey on Low Power Wide Area Networks in IoT
    • Pavle Skočir presented communication technologies with the potential of application in agriculture.

Krešimir Grgić, Drago Žagar, Josip Balen and Jelena Vlaović

  • Internet of Things in Smart Agriculture - Possibilities and Challenges
    • Krešimir Grgić described the role of the Internet of Things in precision agriculture and the opportunities that open up with the implementation of the Internet of Things in agriculture, but also the challenges that arise.

Jelena Vlaović, Josip Balen, Krešimir Grgić, Drago Žagar, Vlatko Galić, and Domagoj Šimić

  • An Overview of Chlorophyll Fluorescence Measurement Process, Meters and Methods
    • Josip Balen gave an overview of the process of measuring chlorophyll fluorescence, the necessary measuring instruments and methods.

Igor Hrovatič

  • FAIRhare, i2connect & WiseFarmer EU projects - Strong driver on Farmers digitalization
    • Igor Hrovatič, Head of the Slovenian Advisory Service at the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, presented the European Union projects “FAIRhare”, “i2connect” and “WiseFarmer” providing a consulting perspective in agriculture.

Pictures from the event are available in the extension of this news post under "More".

Author: Katarina Mandarić

 For the needs of the workshop Smart technologies for sustainable agriculture organized within the conference SST 2020, Osijek, an infographic describing the project was created.

 

Author: Katarina Mandarić
Workshop Smart technologies for...

The research project IoT-field invites all interested parties to participate in the workshop Smart technologies for sustainable agriculture organized within the scientific conference SST 2020, Osijek, on Wednesday October 14th 2020 from 1:45pm to 3:15pm. Participation in the online event will be available to all registered guests, and the deadline for registration is Tuesday October 13th 2020 until 2pm. The workshop will be held in English language.

Register here!

Author: Katarina Mandarić

After several meetings held online due to the situation with the pandemic, the second technical meeting was held live in Osijek at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology on Friday, September 4, 2020. The all-day meeting was attended by researchers and experts from FER, FERIT and PIO.

Constructive presentations and discussions necessary for the understanding and cooperation of the multidisciplinary team on the project were held at the meeting, and clear guidelines for further work on the project were set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Katarina Mandarić