Real-time climate control in a complex greenhouse

TitleReal-time climate control in a complex greenhouse
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCandido, A, Cicirelli, F, Furfaro, A, Nigro, L
Conference NameProc. of 3rd IFAC Workshop on Discrete-Event System Design (DESDes'06)
Date PublishedSeptember 26-28
Conference LocationRydzyna, Poland

This paper describes the development of an embedded real-time system devoted to climate control in a complex greenhouse. The control system is capable of managing multiple, independent polytunnels units (PTUs). Both the internal temperature and humidity of PTUs as well as the external temperature, rain fall and wind conditions are monitored and regulate decisions of the control system. The realization depends on the use of Java technologies and on a general methodology suited to the development of real-time systems. The approach is based on hierarchical state machines extended with timing constraints, and a supporting toolbox which enables graphical modelling, automatic code generation, simulation and real-time execution of a system. The paper discusses design and implementation aspects of the control system and reports information about its real operation.