Development of an open source agricultural mobile data collector system


  • Róbert Szilágyi University of Debrecen
  • Mihály Tóth



The information is important in every decision area. The Big Data philosophy lead to collect every possible data. Nowadays these applications are more and more successful in the following agricultural areas: different parts of food industry, extension services, precision agriculture. While studying the use of these new ICT technologies can be concluded that different types of services offer different possibilities. Firstly we compared the possible mainboards and sensors. General information about the existing mobile main boards. We compared the Atmel AVR, the Raspberry PI and the LEGO Mindstorms NXT. We choosed the Arduino system board. We described the main system architecture and connection possibilites. We found the temperature sensor widely useable. The software was also briefly mentioned. We can say there are several advantages of the Arduino. The whole system can be upgradeable, and there are several Arduino based mainboards and sensors too. Nowadays the block programming support are increasing (etc. MIT Appinventor), but there are disadvantages too. The system has several limitation: the number of the connected sensor, the connection type, the system energy supply, the data loss, the creation of user friendly interface and the system failure tolerability.

Author Biography

Róbert Szilágyi, University of Debrecen

Róbert Szilágyi (PhD) works at University of Debrecen, Economic Analysis Methodology and Applied Informatics Institute as an assistant professor. His professional areas are mobile internet applications in agriculture, e-learning, multimedia content developing, and e-government. He graduated at the University of Debrecen as an agrobusiness engineer. He received the PhD degree at the University of Debrecen in 2006. He got Business Management MBA at the University of Debrecen in 2008. He worked in several research projects and has more than 10 year experience of computer application in agriculture. He has been the secretary of the Hungarian Association of Agricultural Informatics (HAAI) since 2007. He is member of John von Neumann Computer Society. He has more than 70 publications.




How to Cite

Szilágyi, R., & Tóth, M. (2015). Development of an open source agricultural mobile data collector system. Journal of Agricultural Informatics, 6(2).



Journal of Agricultural Informatics

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