Making Industry Smarter: Connected Agriculture and Farming
Agribusiness is leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) and in-field sensing for real-time data monitoring and long-term data analysis on a hyperlocal basis. Smart Farming is not just about boosting agricultural productivity to help farmers harvest more, better and faster; it is about applying new technologies and sustainable farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, animal welfare, and to ensure that farmers can meet the world’s food demands in the coming years.
Easily Deploy and Expand Smart Agriculture Applications Today
LoRaWAN®-based agriculture solutions are contributing to an optimized production and supply chain in which farmers are able to better manage yield, improve inventory management and automate critical processes.
- Resource conservation – Realize 30% reduction in irrigation water usage while increasing crop yield by 20%.
- Increase efficiency with automation – Automate multiple processes including irrigation, fertilization, and pest control to achieve better control over production.
- Cost and risk management – Mitigate risk and reduce costs with actionable analytics and visibility into anomalies in crop growth and livestock health.
- Regulatory compliance – Meet compliance requirements for food safety and tracking, labor and workforce management, task management and compliance reporting.
How the next wave of IoT networks and sensors will help feed the world
Senet is working with Orange Silicon Valley and the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) to test rural and off-grid connectivity solutions to facilitate the evaluation and implementation of smart agricultural solutions.
Smart Agriculture Use Cases
Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network (LVN™) provides extensive coverage options in rural areas, allowing for a multitude of agriculture and precision farming applications to be deployed today. Easy LoRaWAN gateway deployment and cloud-based network management provided by Senet allow for applications to be implemented at a low cost and rapidly expanded based on unique customer requirements.
Farmers and ranchers have longed for the ability to track herds remotely. Utilizing long-range, low-power sensors and Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network (LVN™), this is now a reality.
Smart livestock solutions provide a complete view of animal location and behavior – allowing ranchers to monitor herds from a smartphone app. Sensor technology can help prevent livestock theft and helps ranchers detect issues such as an animal falling ill or being separated from the herd. Ranchers can minimize operating costs and reduce livestock loss while increasing animal health and safety.
Agriculture is a water-intensive business that can experience water waste from damaged equipment, spills and leaks. Rapid notification and response are key to eliminating waste, cutting costs and reducing risk.
A water management solution comprised of sensors to measure flow and pressure through piping networks and irrigation equipment provides farmers with detailed insight into their total water footprint and the ability to identify mechanical malfunctions and failure points.
Rodents cause millions of dollars in damages to field crops, stored grain and farm equipment each year. In addition, pests are carriers for more than 60 diseases that are transmissible to humans, companion animals and livestock. It is a constant challenge addressing one of the most series threats to food production worldwide.
Connected pest management solutions enable a new level of visibility and can be monitored anywhere and in real-time. Rugged, water-resistant traps deliver quick, high-voltage shock offering a safe and humane alternative to rodenticides. Easy web and mobile application pairing, multi-year trap battery life and real-time alerts when service is required improve efficiencies and reduce costs for indoor and outdoor rodent control programs.
Agriculture and ranching operations are highly dependent upon climate. Unusual weather patterns such as drought or a prolonged rainy season can disrupt stable ecosystems – affecting crop productivity and the ability to raise animals.
Rugged, weather-proof solar powered units utilize ultrasonic sensors and LoRa-enabled gateways to remotely measure water levels above a body of water or dry land. Autonomous end-to-end monitoring solutions do not require external power or wired connection to measure precipitation levels and predict flooding.
Only 3% of the world’s water is accessible freshwater. Of that, 70% of the freshwater consumed is used in the agricultural industry – the largest consumer of water globally. Being able to capture soil moisture data is critical for agriculture, horticulture and landscaping industries. Too much water in the soil leads to waterlogged areas and root-rot damage, while too little water will harm growth.
Wireless and remote soil moisture monitoring systems offer farmers real-time insight into the soil moisture condition of their crops. Soil holds moisture differently in various areas. With low-cost, plug and play probes that can be deployed across large fields, valuable data results in smarter irrigation decisions, increased yield and 30% reduction in water consumption.
With the large number of propane and fuel oil tanks being used to heat and power agriculture equipment and facilities, a reliable system to monitor fuel levels is essential. Fuel delivery companies are a critical partner in supply chain operations where run-outs can have detrimental effects. Without the means to remotely measure fuel levels, trucks are often being dispatched inefficiently – driving up operational costs and complicating customer service delivery.
By placing low-cost, low-power sensors on fuel tanks, fill level and other valuable data can be sent over the Senet network to tank monitoring solutions used by supply companies to optimize their delivery process. In addition, farmers can accurately forecast fuel usage to reduce truck rolls thereby reducing the carbon footprint of their agribusiness operation.
Plants and animals require proper environmental conditions for optimal growth and health. Inside greenhouses, barns and storage facilities if the mixture of temperature, humidity and light are incorrect, it can yield unneeded stress on plants and animals and negatively impact revenue.
Wireless, 24/7 remote monitoring of temperature, humidity and light with low power sensors provide horticulturists, farmers and ranchers with the ability to track real-time and historical environmental factors. Data driven ventilation and temperature control decisions maximize productivity while maintaining an efficient use of resources.
IoT technology is transforming the waste & recycling industry by providing increased efficiencies and decreased operating costs. Being able to automatically sense and monitor bin fill level, location and pick-up frequency allows fleet operators to track performance, manage the status of work orders in real-time and decrease labor costs.
Smart waste monitoring solutions reduce both collection times and expenses. Automatic notification alerts when bins are reaching pre-defined thresholds provide intelligent route planning for collection service providers and eliminates unnecessary visits and overflowing garbage bins for end users.
Proper irrigation is a complex science for farmers as some soil retains water longer than others – one part of the field may have sandier soil, while another portion may have a high level of clay. Manually surveying fields to understand when and how much to water is inefficient and time-consuming, resulting in higher costs.
Precision agriculture irrigation tools enable microblock-level monitoring and control of local irrigation by taking account of plant stage, soil conditions and weather at a level of granularity and accuracy that was not previously possible. Autonomous systems analyze data and adjust irrigation schedules to apply the right amount of water at the right time – reducing water usage, nutrient leaching and greenhouse gas emissions.