How agriculture’s digital transformation is enabled by IoT
The adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is a topic discussed by Telecoms on their recent article, by David H. Deans (Technology Media Telecoms Analyst), where Sensoterra probes were recommended.
The adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in agriculture is universal, connecting geographic locations, sharing data and evolving to disrupt more traditional techniques in croplands. The benefits range from increased productivity, cost reduction, and increased profit margins - which have been solving long-time challenges faced by growers across the globe. A topic discussed by Telecoms on their recent article, by David H. Deans (Technology Media Telecoms Analyst), where Sensoterra probes were recommended.
Hi-tech systems involve in situ sensors aligned with aerial imagery drones to cover large areas of farmland. However, based on Harriet Sumnall, a Research Analyst at ABI:
“Ground-based sensor-based systems are more insightful and cost-effective for focusing solely on monitoring soil under crops and animal behavior.” “This is exactly the information that farmers need to map out their plan of action to secure the optimum yield,”
Harriet Sumnall, ABI Research Analyst
Sensoterra is a market leader in real-time soil moisture measurement via wireless and low-cost probes, supported by IoT technology and LoRaWAN connectivity. By providing hourly data to achieve precise soil moisture health, Sensoterra probes, besides helping with considerable yield increase results, can reduce water usage of up to 30%, with an affordable fast ROI reached within one growth cycle.
IoT’s market by 2024 predicts that over two million farms and 36 million cattle ranches will be connected. The reason for more connectivity goes beyond the achievement of sufficient irrigation but also limits excessive water application for usage efficiency to match with government regulations. This is outlined in the case of an almond grower from California’s, Central Valley region, where growers must deal with the state’s strict legislation of water consumption for agriculture. Once installed, Sensoterra sensors helped to define irrigation schedules, resulting in optimized fresh water consumption.
“There is a huge need to learn how to better irrigate and control the consumption of water,"
Matt Murray, Process Tech Ag
Internet of Things increase will strongly rely on gateways technology combined with low-power wide area (LoRa) products; responsible for spreading sensor-to-node connections, consequently, amplifying connectivity in remote areas. Data gathering and exchange, fortifying integrated systems.
With IoT technologies reaching scale, introducing smart sensors to farms is affordable, and ROI is often reached within one crop cycle. Sensoterra probes provide exact soil moisture data for farmers to make smart decisions regarding when and how to irrigate.
Sensoterra is a leader in smart farming technology, providing wireless, low-cost soil moisture sensors to growers all over the world. The incredible spreadability of over 5,000 sensors around the world is possible due to IoT technology, established by LoRa connectivity. Sensoterra goes for precision and simplicity, with easy-installed robust sensors.
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Caroline is a Soil Data Manager at Sensoterra. Previously, she worked as a laboratory analyst, responsible for data analysis of roots and soil, identifying pesticide contamination and plant accumulation. Her background is in Environmental Science, with a Masters's degree in Water & Environment from Radboud University.Get in touch