Water management for smart farming and smart cities in the Middle East
Scalable data & real-time insights with fully integrated smart IoT systems
Smart Farm Sensing, partnered with Sensoterra to integrate soil moisture data for water management in date palm plantations and smart landscaping irrigation across the Mid- East. We spoke with Laurens Bierens, Managing Director of Smart Farm Sensing, about their role in optimizing irrigation for both agricultural and city landscape management in Saudi Arabia, and the Emirates.
“Sensoterra is an important player in the entire feedback loop for smart water management, and we are happy to have them on board as a data provider "
Laurens Bierens, Smart Farm Sensing
The challenge was achieving scalable data collection. Satellite data, though promising, is still not fully adopted and trusted when making decisions on the ground. Sensors, however, can give real-time insights which are immediately justified by the experiences of users. It’s this simplicity, along with the robust design, long lifetime, and easy installation which makes integrating Sensoterra data, a no-brainer.
By combining Sensoterra readings with weather stations, irrigation systems, and other sensors, a full-circle approach can be achieved for smart water management.
- Developed a single platform for integrated sensor data
- Automated irrigation control with smart moisture thresholds
- Significant savings on water for city landscaping and agriculture
Getting started is as simple as setting up a LoRaWAN network, connecting sensors, and managing the data with API integration. With low entry barriers, like the relatively small investment, easy installation, and adoption, the technology is quickly learned by users and more value can be achieved with more data. This is often the difference between a probe designed for field use and a scientific instrument.
“Sensoterra is a simple sensor, it’s data is reflected by the intuition of the user”
Smart Cities & Municipalities
Local municipalities manage the irrigation of public green spaces closely, with the manual monitoring of sprinkler and surface watering. By integrating Sensoterra soil moisture data with automated irrigation valves, reducing the frequency of site visits for manual opening and closing of irrigation valves and pumps. Keeping parks and public spaces green and beautiful, with more efficient water use.
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