ETRICAT - AGRICULTURA: Optimization of Agricultural Projects



The current water distribution model and lack of control regarding the management of this resource in Catalonia hasmade it necessary to improve the efficiency of its use and moreover, its use in irrigation systems. The main objective of this project is to develop an irrigation remote control system, which provides the knowledge and tools to improve the irrigation systems.

The medium and low distribution networks are those considered to be inadequately managed, or those which could be more efficient. Efficient management and automated control may optimise the water consumption and consequently reduce the waste of this vital resource. The proposed aims of the remote control system are:

  • Water consumption control in order to make hydrologicalresourcesmore efficient.
  • Optimisation of the use of pipes, hydrants, filter stations and occasionally pump stations and regulation pools.
  • Reduction in the running costs of the irrigation communities.
  • Improvement in the productivity of agricultural cultivation.

The project looks for solutions for both the secondary and tertiary distribution network. The developments will empower the irrigation systems, thanks to the interaction between the different monitoring elements and the smartmanagement system, which will be able to perform over the installed action elements.


From a technological point of view, it aims to design a wireless network for each scenario, capable of monitoring and acting upon different irrigation network devices both in the secondary and tertiary distribution network. In order to communicate the system’s wireless network with the network of other technologies, it is necessary to develop connection gateways; forinstance, a gateway in order to send the data read by the sensors to the data collector server through the GSM or UMTS network.

Wireless sensor network technology provides improvements in order to accomplish each of the technical difficulties that this project face. Wireless sensor networks are based on low consumption small devices including a radio interface and a small processor. As a result, they are able to establish communication over greatdistances thanks to the establishment ofmulti point networks.


The results of this project are orientated towards the development of new services and products that profit from the advantages offered by the ubiquitous sensor networks. A series of pilot tests used to demonstrate the viability of the adopted solutions are obtained at intermediate milestones and at the end of the project. Finally, we have carried out functional prototypes of the two scenarios to be developed.

  • UPC
  • IRTA
01/2009 to 12/2012
Departament d’Agricultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya