Affiliations: [a] Department of Computer Science, Shizuoka University, 3-5-1 Johoku, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 432-8011, Japan | [b] Graduate School of Informatics, Shizuoka University, Japan | [c] Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University, Japan | [x] Department of Systems and Social Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University. Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan | [y] School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, South Australia 5095, Australia
Abstract: Problems involving agricultural know-how can be addressed using information and communications technology (ICT). For example, ICT can reduce the risk that know-how may be lost due to increasing age of agricultural workers. Also, valuable fruits that require sensitive environmental control can be monitored with ICT. Data collection, collation, and storage will enable us to convert tacit knowledge into formalized algorithms. We developed a remote information sensing system using a dense sensor network in a melon hothouse, in cooperation with the Prefectural Research Institute. Using a web interface enabling access to data and photographs, we expect that farmers will be able to transfer tacit knowledge into formalized information.