Irrigation & Soil
The use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for smart farming is an emerging area of research, resulting in new and improved farming methods. The concept of using IoT based smart farming practices is taking flight as farmers now can easily visualize, analyze and make more informed decisions regarding their crop spraying, crop health, crop production, livestock, farming equipment efficiency, infrastructure, environment, and all other components that are required to continuously monitor and manage increased yields and improved efficiencies.
IoT technologies can provide farmers with key metrics about their crops. A network of IoT sensors can collect information about soil quality metrics including moisture levels, pH, and chemical composition. This information can be visualized in real-time by the farmer using an online or mobile-based application.
The use of smart devices for various tasks can help farmers improve efficiency and reduce the cost of production. The IoT technology has the potential to reduce labor costs and increase the yield of crops. For example, sensors placed on the soil can alert the farmer when there is not enough moisture in the soil, so they turn on irrigation systems. Using an automated irrigation system, the soil can be kept at the ideal moisture level for growing crops.
As IoT technologies become more common, the adoption rate increases dramatically. With the use of smart devices and sensors, the number of agricultural operations can be increased by up to 325 percent. So, precision farming is definitely worth considering for improved agricultural best practices.
Areas of Application
There is a wide range of IoT applications in the agriculture sector and people no longer wonder why IoT in agriculture is of such importance. IoT-based smart agriculture frameworks enhance highly transparent farming that positively influences various agricultural practices. IoT in agriculture allows farmers to control their raising livestock farming routines more effectively through agricultural drones, control systems, and other agricultural land applications of IoT. Smart farming solutions help farmers produce clean, sustainable crops in both complex and small spaces. IoT smart farming systems are fully capable of monitoring agricultural lands using sensors. IoT in agriculture can measure everything necessary to grow crops such as soil moisture, heat, pH, etc., and automate water supply, giving all the necessary resources for the establishment of a smart irrigation system. With precision agriculture technologies, agriculture IoT companies will be able to have soil and field analysis without a need for manual intervention.
Precision agriculture is already being used by many farmers in various parts of the world. By using sensors to monitor weather and crops, IoT can help farmers identify problems early and make better decisions based on data collected. For instance, IoT in agriculture will help farmers monitor and track livestock health through the use of wireless sensors and variable rate technology and as a result relay the data to other devices. Such applications of IoT will help them identify quick wins and improve efficiency and yield.
Irrigation & Soil
Smart agriculture sensors can continuously collect meaningful data, without a need for constant human control or intervention. IoT agriculture sensors have a compact size and determine many parameters that give an understanding of the environmental aspects that have an impact on agriculture production volumes. IoT-based smart farming is the ideal solution to streamline and simplify the collection of key metrics for crops, residential and commercial lawns, gardens, and even golf courses.
Smart farming IoT sensors can be deployed to collect data about sunlight exposure, which can be used to make better decisions about crop placement and help determine if solar integration is a viable option for the farm. Essential weather-related data including ambient temperature and humidity, rainfall analysis, wind patterns, and frost probabilities can be visualized using IoT technologies helping farmers to better understand the environment around them. These applications of IoT based smart farming devices are really useful for farming, smart greenhouse practices, and smart cities in general.
IoT-based sensors can monitor many different things at once and provide predictive data analytics that can transform agriculture for the better. Connected devices can be used to measure soil moisture and detect the level of nutrients in the soil. IoT devices can also monitor soil and water temperature. By connecting the devices to the Internet, the farmers can monitor the operational efficiency of agricultural facilities, have accurate soil data, track the health conditions of a particular cattle in real-time. IoT solutions enable farmers to reap the benefits of real-time data collection and smart crop health assessment. These connected devices are designed to increase farm productivity and reduce waste leading agricultural companies to organic farming. TEKTELIC sensors can also be integrated with any of the LoRaWAN networks and solutions. TEKTELIC smart farming solutions can be customized to suit the needs of your particular company.
An Internet of Things network deployment can also be used for the visualization and presence notification of harmful pests which can be utilized for early detection and effective, targeted pest control. This equipment can be tracked, located, and monitored using Internet of Things technologies to understand their location and operation status, for security purposes including theft or vandalism prevention, predictive maintenance, and automation through remote management capabilities. Precision farming can improve agricultural efficiency for farmers and protect sensitive data. The change would allow farmers to control even their livestock farming practices more effectively.
Reasons for Deployment
In order to reap the benefits Internet of Things can bring to the agriculture industry, the first step is to determine the needs of the farmers. There are several reasons for the implementation of IoT solutions. One of these is that the data collected by these sensors can help farmers know when their crops are ready to harvest. IoT applications in agriculture can help a farmer minimize the number of chemicals and pesticides needed to apply. Moreover, these technologies can help the farmers in planning their next harvest season and the storage requirements. With precision farming, the yield per acre of the crops can be determined with much accuracy, which is a great step forward for agricultural sector actors.
The second reason is to improve crop quality and efficiency. Internet of Things can improve product quality and production processes without manual intervention, which is a huge advantage. This can help the farmers maintain higher standards for the quality of crops and growth capacities. Applications of IoT-based smart farming can also help farmers to boost their revenue. For example, smart greenhouses can use the IoT to manage the climate and yield, which can lead to higher sales, and give a boost to a small family farming business. These are just some of the many reasons why IoT solutions are beneficial for the agriculture industry.
However, the use of IoT in agriculture may have limitations. In the agricultural industry, there are a variety of data types. The collection of data from smart farming equipment and sensors can be difficult, and it can be governed by strict regulations. Hence, the delivery of data in a secure manner is one of the biggest challenges in smart agriculture. Here, we would like to highlight that TEKTELIC has all the necessary certifications for deployment and can guarantee that your data will be protected with our industrial IoT devices.
In traditional greenhouses, manual monitoring of environmental parameters is often required, which leads to decreased production and increased labor costs. By integrating smart technologies, agricultural producers can maximize yield and profitability. IoT provides technologies for automation, data collection and analysis, security, and preventative maintenance amongst others which in turn contributes to increased yields, improved operational efficiencies, mitigated risks, reduced waste, and spoilage all while driving down operational costs. So, IoT technology can definitely help farmers make the most of their resources.
Smart farming can be a valuable tool for farmers. It can enhance the effectiveness of pesticides and fertilizers. Smart farming can also monitor the location of cattle and their well-being. Industrial IoT devices for the agricultural sector can also identify sickness in livestock. TEKTELIC has a successful project with one of our partners focusing on poultry farming. Our partners have deployed the KONA Macro IoT Gateway for the precision agriculture organization dealing with mass-producing poultry. Their main challenge before the incorporation of the Internet of Things was an inability to constantly track conditions inside the farm. With smart farming solutions, in turn, the farm acquired an opportunity to utilize wireless IoT applications for real-time data monitoring and adjustments of conditions, if necessary.
At the same time, crop monitoring is the most popular use case of precision farming technologies. Modern agriculture has high-quality standards and that is why there is a need for agricultural drone technology, systems of crop health imaging, and smart greenhouse systems to have better crop production. TEKTELIC already has several successful projects in this field. First of all, our partners successfully integrated our KIWI Agricultural Sensor for smart cider apples and hops production. Constantly changing climate heavily deteriorates territories, leading to finite natural resources, and the agriculture industry suffers from it. Our IoT-based smart farming sensor solved the problem of soil moisture and temperature monitoring, as well as light and humidity, which are also important for farming. Our device is much more convenient than agricultural drones as it can be deployed at one chosen place, so it won’t interfere with farmers’ work and will be almost unnoticeable.
Additionally, recently, we incorporated precision farming technologies into the La Sapienza Botanical Garden in Rome. The main inquiry was to create a smart farming environment that can continuously monitor and collect data on soil and environmental conditions. With TEKTELIC KIWI, this problem has been solved and now the Botanical Garden has access to soil temperature parameters, soil surface tension, illumination, temperature, and humidity data.
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