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Setting up a Digital Twin Assisted Greenhouse Architecture

Antreas Kantaros1 and Dimitrios Piromalis2
  • 1 Department of Industrial Design and Production Engineering, University of West Attica, Greece
  • 2 Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica, Greece

Abstract

The present article contains a study about utilizing the Digital Twins concept in the field of contemporary agricultural production. Through this study, an exemplary architecture has been developed regarding the conversion of a conventional greenhouse to a digital greenhouse. A digital greenhouse modus operandi features a great number of advantages compared with the traditional workflow in a conventional greenhouse. The purpose of the work is to propose tools for assisting the possible reduction of the consumption of the used resources for the crops. This requires the application of automation of tools for cultivation such as Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The article shows that the Digital Twins concept can immensely contribute towards controlling the agricultural environment and at the same time improve performance and quality while reducing the consumption of resources for a variety of crops. The proposed workflow starts by identifying the parameters that need to be taken into account and finally proposes several cyber and physical tools for setting up a Digital Twin for the case of a greenhouse. The objective of this study was the development of a DT architecture that would be able to optimize productivity in the context of CEA applications.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 15 No. 4, 2022, 230-238

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2022.230.238

Submitted On: 25 October 2022 Published On: 25 November 2022

How to Cite: Kantaros, A. & Piromalis, D. (2022). Setting up a Digital Twin Assisted Greenhouse Architecture. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 15(4), 230-238. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2022.230.238

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Keywords

  • Digital Twin
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Simulation
  • Smart Agriculture
  • Greenhouse
  • 4th Industrial Revolution