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Vineyard Computing: Sensor Networks in Agricultural Production
January-March 2004 (vol. 3 no. 1)
pp. 38-45
Jenna Burrell, Intel Research
Tim Brooke, Intel Research
Richard Beckwith, Intel Research

Using ethnographic research methods, the authors studied the structure of work activities and the needs and priorities of people working in a vineyard in order to understand the potential for sensor networks in agriculture. The emphasis on production in this setting distinguishes this user population from those of previous studies that focused on sensor network applications for biological and habitat research. They uncovered promising opportunities for proactive computing approaches and a need for localization functions to track the movement of objects, people, and equipment through the vineyard. They also discovered a need for the sensitive design of interfaces that provide human touchpoints mediating between various roles in the vineyard and the underlying sensor network infrastructure.

Index Terms:
ethnographic research; agriculture; vineyards; sensor networks; ubiquitous computing
Citation:
Jenna Burrell, Tim Brooke, Richard Beckwith, "Vineyard Computing: Sensor Networks in Agricultural Production," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 38-45, Jan.-March 2004, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2004.1269130
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