The main goal of the SWSOIP Project: ‘Smart Watering System for Optimising Irrigation Process’ aims to provide ‘new’ irrigation data based on the indirect estimation of evapotranspiration using both satellite and meteorological inputs. This data can be used to inform the producers and the decision–makers for the water demand of their crops aiming to better and more rational management of irrigation water. The ‘Smart Watering System’ will automatically estimate the water demand for irrigation purposes and will release automatically the optimum water quantity for each crop-type through the ‘Smart CropWATER Valve’ without any human intervention.
SWSOIP platform consists from the frontend and backend system. The SWSOIP frontend aims to communicate with the farmers in order to collect inputs related to the farmers and their crops such as farmers’ id; crop type; cultivation date; plot area; etc and provide outputs to the farmers related to the water needs of their crops. The SWSOIP backend aims to gather and process all the data such as satellite; meteorological and in-situ (spectroradiometric; LAI; CH) based on the inputs of the farmers. Then the backend system will be able to estimate the irrigation demand for each farmer and plot and will communicate this output both with the frontend system to inform the farmer and the WISENSE Platform which will transfer this information to the CropWATER Valve to provide automatically the estimated water quantity to the crops without any human intervention.
The proposed product is expected to contribute and have an effective impact on water saving and smart management of water resources since lack of water is one of the most serious problems that Cyprus has been facing for centuries and agriculture accounts for about 69% of the total water consumption.