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Testing zigBee motes for monitoring refrigerated vegetable transportation under real conditions

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Quality control and monitoring of perishable goods during transportation and delivery services is an increasing concern for producers, suppliers, transport decision makers and consumers. The major challenge is to ensure a continuous "cold chain" from producer to consumer in order to guaranty prime condition of goods. In this framework, the suitability of ZigBee protocol for monitoring refrigerated transportation has been proposed by several authors. However, up to date there was not any experimental work performed under real conditions. Thus, the main objective of our experiment was to test wireless sensor motes based in the ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 protocol during a real shipment. The experiment was conducted in a refrigerated truck traveling through two countries (Spain and France) which means a journey of 1,051 kilometers. The paper illustrates the great potential of this type of motes, providing information about several parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, door openings and truck stops. Psychrometric charts have also been developed for improving the knowledge about water loss and condensation on the product during shipments. © 2010 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.




Ruiz-Garcia, L., Barreiro, P., Robla, J. I., & Lunadei, L. (2010). Testing zigBee motes for monitoring refrigerated vegetable transportation under real conditions. Sensors, 10(5), 4968–4982.

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