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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) can be a valuable decision-support tool for farmers. This motivated the deployment of a WSN system to support rain-fed agriculture in India. The authors defined promising use cases and resolved technical challenges throughout a two-year deployment of the COMMON-Sense Net system, which provided farmers with environment data. However, the direct use of this technology in the field did not foster the expected participation of the population. This made it difficult to develop the intended decision-support system. Based on this experience, they take the following position in this paper: currently, the deployment of WSN technology in developing regions is more likely to be effective if it targets scientists and technical personnel as users, rather than the farmers themselves.
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