A researcher from the University of Southampton and a team of professors from the University of Western Australia has developed a network of wireless sensors that will revolutionize soil salinity testing. The newly designed sensors are able to perform non-destructive testing of soil samples.
The sensors connect to a small unit and then they’re planted into the ground to transmit data and information via short range radio, Bluetooth or mobile phone network. The sensor measures salt levels in the soil and can take measurements through a set of controlled time intervals. The sensors do not destroy the soil, are cost-effective and do not take the amount of time as traditional soil analysis.