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Speaker: Joe Maja, Assistant Professor/Research Sensor Engineer at Clemson University

Session Title: RFID & Beyond:Using RFID, Drones, and BLE to Improve Crop Inventory Management

Monday, July 12  10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Description:  Inventory management is laborious and time-consuming. Growers and researchers are increasingly adapting new technologies like RFID, drones, and BlueTooth Low Energy systems to make production more efficient. Join us for an early look at an HRI-funded project that is developing a system designed to trace crops from tagging to shipment— potentially improving inventory data accuracy, quality control, irrigation management, and pesticide application. 

Level: All Audiences              Type: Research

Joe Maja

Assistant Professor/Research Sensor Engineer at Clemson University 

Dr. Maja’s main responsibility is to work with Clemson’s REC researchers and growers in developing new technology to address current problems and future potential problems. He has developed several different technologies to optimize farm operations. Some of the technologies that are currently in the testing phase include the Intelligent Farm Controller--a small size controller that runs its own small operating system and can be configured using a terminal program. This will be used as the main coordinator for the Intelligent Pivot System but can also be used for another automation project calld Pups--a small board (smaller than a driver’s license) that transmits data from three different sensors into another controller or computer. This device is used as a part of the intelligent pivot system project that can control individual nozzles using pulse width modulation incorporating GPS, Load Cell, Potentiometer and a trigger into one platform and stream all gathered information through either wired, e.g., USB or wireless (future) through Bluetooth or Zigbee.

Clemson Department of Horticulture --- Cooperative Extension.  
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people. As we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives, we also want to celebrate South Carolina’s role as an early leader in the extension movement. The “Clemson Model” of extension became the basis for the Smith-Lever Act, authored by Georgia senator Michael Hoke Smith and South Carolina Representative A. Frank Lever. Lever, a Clemson life trustee, was devoted to the needs of agriculture and farming interests across South Carolina and the United States. He chaired the House Agriculture Committee from 1910-1919, served as a member of the Federal Farm Board (1919-1922), organized the First Carolina Joint Stock Land Bank (1922-1929) and was strongly affiliated with the Farm Credit Administration (1933-1940).

For 100 years, the Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation. Today, the Clemson University Extension Service is proud to deliver research-based information in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and nutrition, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development.

Address: Clemson Univ, 101 Barre Hall Clemson, SC 29634
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