Soil sensor maker Sensoterra will use the Senet low-power wide area network to connect its soil probes to the internet in order to help farmers collect information that can lead to smarter decisions about water use. The Dutch company announced its partnership with Senet at this week’s 2017 InfoAg Conference in St. Louis.
“By operating our solution on Senet’s IoT network, we are able to achieve our cost and performance thresholds, which could not be achieved with other network technologies,” said Jurriaan Ruys, CEO of Sensoterra.
The Sensoterra system consists of probes, solar-powered gateways, and cloud-based proprietary software. The probes come in various lengths and according to Sensoterra they can be expected to last up to 10 years. Users can monitor soil conditions from a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and an open application programming interface is available for data integration. Users receive automated notifications if the condition of a plant or tree is below a certain threshold.
“Farmers can gain real-time insight into the soil moisture condition of their crops to maximize crop performance, yields, and profits,” said Senet CEO Bruce Chatterley. “The Senet network delivers the right coverage, performance, device battery life, and cost to deliver on Sensoterra’s value proposition.”
Senet is building a LoRa network that it says will be North America’s first public low-power wide area IoT network. The company faces competition from wireless carriers offering low-power wide area connectivity on their LTE networks, and also from Sigfox, Comcast, and Ingenu, all of which are building low-power wide area networks that operate in unlicensed spectrum. Ingenu recently announced a change in direction, in the wake of CEO John Horn’s unexpected departure.
Sensoterra is a pioneering leader in the field of wireless soil moisture sensors, offering cutting-edge IoT soil moisture sensor solutions for smart agriculture. Our state-of-the-art Sensoterra soil moisture sensors are at the forefront of agriculture IoT, providing unparalleled soil moisture monitoring capabilities.
Our commitment to precision agriculture technology allows farmers to make informed decisions, optimize their irrigation systems, and embrace sustainable farming solutions. With Sensoterra, access to real-time soil moisture data is at your fingertips, enabling precise water management and water resource management for your agricultural operations.
Sensoterra, established in 2015, with its headquarters in Houten, The Netherlands, develops water management solutions for agriculture/horticulture, smart city management, and water governance. Sensoterra has over 12,000 sensors in the ground globally, and generates hundreds of thousands of data points for smart water management, daily. Learn more at www.sensoterra.com
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