Smart Agriculture

Modern Agribusiness heavily depends on the ability to efficiently manage resources to reduce environmental impact, minimize cost, and maximize yield. Farmers face an interconnected host of challenges and, therefore, are interested in incorporating innovative technological solutions. IoT devices have provided the ability to automatically monitor crops and animals, providing valuable data that has traditionally been collected manually, as well as controlling systems and equipment throughout an operation.

By dispersing sensors connected to their phones or computers, farmers instantly retrieve data on soil temperature and moisture, pollution levels, weather conditions, rainfall, crop growth, livestock conditions, and location, as well as receive alerts on fire or theft and activate harvesters and irrigation equipment.

These incredible powers depend on a low-cost, flexibly deployed network infrastructure, where gateways can be added at any time and one that enables the transmission of data from sensors to farmers’ devices over long distances in often remote locations, where cellular coverage may be poor at best.

With LoRaWAN® technology, whose long-range, low-power wireless sensors can send data from the farm to the Cloud, via private or public networks, farmers have easy access to a host of information for improving their businesses, with a distinct advantage over satellites and drones. Such high-value data can be transmitted over distances of up to 15 km from sensors with batteries lasting up to 10 years, resulting in lower maintenance and operating costs along with greater operational visibility, which in turn empowers farmers to scale their businesses.

Source: LoRaWAN® Vertical Markets

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