MEGA: Remote Monitoring and control Technologies: Interoperability

MEGA: Remote Monitoring and control Technologies: Interoperability

Demonstration Site description

The infrastructure is composed of a hydraulic network that can be managed by remote control systems. This infrastructure represents a real irrigation area in small scale. The hydraulic network is composed by two pumping stations and water tanks which simulates the capture and storage point. The control head is the beginning of the irrigation network that reproduces 20 hydrants (in reduced dimension) of a pressurized collective irrigation network. The hydrants govern two block hydraulic valves (representing a very simple plot) and the pipe finish in a closed water cycle pipe. Each hydrant has an individual closet to arrange the remote control and telemetry systems to test. The remote control system can govern the 20 hydrants and their block hydraulic valves, including the open and closing of the valves, the pumping stations (measured of volume and drive the variable speed of the pump) and the reading of the hydrant volumes by pulses, flow sensors and pressure transducers measurements. A control house lodge the centralization equipment of each remote station that communicate with its slave as well with a computer that executes a version ad hoc of management program (specialized database for WUA1) . The centralization equipment and the management program communicate using the developing proposed in the MEGA project. MEGA is a collective ammonization work between different remotes from different manufacturers. MEGA has been developed for Tragsa Company that has been supported for water agencies, remote manufacturers and management programs design in irrigation areas.

Results obtained so far

In general, the result obtained is the dissemination of novel irrigation technologies, boosting adoption of the more efficient technologies to promote sustainable use of water and energy to optimize the economical productivity. Specific results: 1) Tragsa has built a trial laboratory in EEAD ́- CSIC involved leaded by Tragsa; 2) There is a draft model MEGA. This draft has been presented in TC23/SC18 in ISO; 3) Tragsa design and maintenance a Web about the project: www.iwaterrm.com.

Success factors

Main goal is standardization of new technologies related with telemetry and remote control system to apply in irrigated agriculture. Training by demonstration and opportunity to check devices while operating. Direct contact with experts and manufacturers.
Specific success factors: i) Remote manufacturers adopting MEGA model in theirs products end 2015; ii)Management program for irrigation adopting MEGA model in theirs products end 2015; iii) MEGA according to AENOR and ISO end 2016. iv)Wide use of web site at international level end 2015.

Performance indicators

The performance indicator are: 1) Percentage increase in MEGA model adoption; 2) Creating a standard from model MEGA consistent with AENOR and ISO; 3) Percentage increase user of web site.

Repeatability & Applicability

Permanent exhibitions on telemetry and remote control irrigation technologies were not set up in other regions.

Further references

- Resolutions 31st Meeting ISO/TC 23/SC18 - Orlando, US, 3 Nov 2012
- Robles, T.; Alcarria, R.; Martin, D.; Morales, A.; Navarro, M.; Calero, R.; Iglesias, S.; Lopez, M., "An Internet of Things-Based Model for Smart Water Management," Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (WAINA), 2014 28th International Conference on , vol., no., pp.821,826,
13-16 May 2014. doi: 10.1109/WAINA.2014.129

Contact

rsalvador@eead.csic.es

siglesia@tragsa.es 

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