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Students in India monitor tree saplings with RFID

Last year RFID 24-7 wrote about the tagging of 20,000 Koa trees in Hawaii to allow investors in the Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Koa reforestation project to track and monitor the progress of their investments in real time. The initial pilot tagged about 20,000 trees.

Now, middle school students in India are tagging saplings as a way to introduce them to technology while tracking the health of tiny trees as part of a school project. As many as 5,000 trees could be tagged within a year.

RFID is becoming a key player in agricultural applications, such as tagging crops, logging forests, livestock, and tagging of perishable produce to monitor temperature as pallets travel through the supply chain.

According to an article in Business Standard Technology, the students will use RFID to track and monitor the growth of the saplings and to collect information on the height, moisture, soil testing, infection and water pH of the saplings. The project is sponsored by the India China Economic and Cultural Council (ICEC).

Here an excerpt from the BST article:

ICEC is actively using WiFi-enabled RFID tags. To begin with, the information would be monitored through a reader, and this would then be sent to students. Each sapling has been assigned a dedicated code and a personalised name. Every three months, a check-up of the plants would be carried out by ICEC and the students. “At the end of the year, a ‘best maintained tree competition’ would be held, and prizes would be given away. If the experiment and the approach succeed, we would carry out 5,000 plantations next year,” adds Jagat Shah, chairman, (Gujarat Chapter), the research and development team of ICEC.

Shah says in the future, ICEC plans to connect these RFID tags to a global positioning system (GPS). “Since connecting these to the GPS technology would cost more, we are looking for sponsors. Once done, we won’t have to gather information about the tree through a reader. Rather, the same can be done remotely through the internet,” he adds.

Click here to read the full article.

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