With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), from home automation, logistics and automotive, health and fitness, to industrial IoT and smart cities have connected our devices in every aspect of our life. As a result, it is logical that IoT automation and connected devices would find its application in the agriculture sector to grow every surface of it.
By using numerous smart agriculture gadgets, growers have acquired good authority over the process of elevating livestock and increasing crops, improving its efficiency and making it more predictable.
Real-time soil and plant monitoring
Monitoring soil and plant conditions can lead to an excellent return on investment for growers. Various uses for agriculture IoT are:
- Managing water usage for ideal plant growth
- Reporting weather predictions
- Regulating custom fertilizer based on soil chemistry
- Observing soil nutrients and moisture
- Controlling the prime time to plant and harvest
Soil and plant monitoring sensors can measure moisture, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH, temperature, etc. Sperotec is helping next-generation IoT sensors that lead to the increased accuracy.
Population increase may magnify the effects of climate change and directly impact more individuals. To counter the issue, vertical facilities have taken off in the smart farming industry with indoor farms, as they don’t need soil or natural light to thrive. Vertical farms are considered to be good for environments as they utilize the unused spaces more efficiently.
In spite of climate change causing non-ideal weather conditions, with the help of greenhouse setups, growers harvests year-round.
Utilizing precision tech has assisted growers to reach a level of profitability that was formerly unknown and generated a vast sector that thrives with strictly calculated ROI, cost reduction, and yield projections.
Gathering of data such as soil condition, state of the ground during planting season, water consumption, weather any full-till practices used. At the end of each growing season, growers have knowledge and data stored for future predictions.
Sperotec’s CanopyMESH helps growers as a roadmap of information from hydroponic systems to industrial controllers, growers get real-time updates and progress on current crop conditions remotely.
Enhancing water usage
According to the World Bank, approximately 70% of the world’s freshwater consumption goes for the agriculture sector, however, this may not be sufficient to support the swiftly expanding population in the years to come.
Recent revolutions in advanced irrigation have contributed to growers with more efficient water management mechanisms that help to build up productivity and de-escalate overwatering.
Smart irrigation mechanism comes under two categories:
Signal-based controls depend on the updates transmitted by telephone, radio, or web applications. Signals are sent from local weather stations to modernize the evapotranspiration rate of the irrigation controller.
Sensor-based controls influence real-time calculations from locally installed sensors to automatically regulate irrigation timing to the precise humidity, temperature and soil moisture present in a provided environment.
Productively organizing large-scale water usage demands extraordinary infrastructural investment and tools. Sperotec provides high-performance networking appliances that can aid growers to keep track of local weather conditions. Our electro-statically charged Aeroponic system, dual growth hydroponic system, and CanopyMesh IoT platform are secure and safe, which gives growers more time to focus on what matters the most – the farming revolution.
Drones are used to empower different agricultural practices. The aspects aerial and ground-based drones are utilized in agriculture are crop monitoring, irrigation, crop health assessment, planting, crop spraying, soil, and field analysis. The key advantages of drones involve crop health imaging, ease of use, integrated GIS mapping, and the potential to grow yields.
Image processing via drone views the images in several spectral intensities such as infrared, analyse the images acquired over a period of time and determine exceptions hence analysing restricting factors and assists better regulation of farms.
Crops require nutrition that is subjected to conditions across the growing season. From planting the seed to harvest there are various requirements a crop needs at diverse phases to supply the best yield.
Therefore, growers monitor crop growth and any exceptions to stop any diseases that might harm yield.
The future of food
Agriculture technology is still developing and exploring its potential. We visualize that our IoT technology can be applied to complex structures for increased safety monitoring, as well as better crops of ensuring high quality.
It is IoT’s applications beyond the network that make what we’re doing with technology even more captivating, and with Sperotec’s CanopyMesh IoT Platform, we’re growing our sustainability credentials as we go forward.
It is the best time to begin exploring the true potential of IoT in the agriculture industry. Because with IoT, the future is now!