IOT in farming

Ready to deploy solutions for the fork to farm monitoring, farm automation, farm monitoring, modernizing agricultural farms. Ready to deploy and customized solutions for smart farms, greenhouses, vertical farms, hydroponics.

Digitisation of the agrifood sector

The Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies set ambitious targets for the agricultural sector to ensure it is Green Deal-ready. Organic farming will be a key ally in the transition that we are leading towards a more sustainable food system and a better protection of our biodiversity. The Commission will support the organic sector towards the achievement of the 25% target of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 with the appropriate policy and legal framework. ” – European Union.

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In the usual traditional way of procuring food ingredients, most restaurants and food markets source the products from other parts of the country or around the world. These products are picked before they are ripe, frozen and need to be shipped long distances which results in food that is bland and less nutritious. Farm to fork or Farm to table is an emerging social movement worldwide where food chains source their ingredients from local farms, usually through direct acquisition from a farmer. The movement is set to fuel a new dimension of fresh and local.

The Farm-to-fork movement exists for a good reason and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. As the food gets procured from local farms, it is fresher, flavorful and is filled with vitamins. Farm to fork helps to boost the local economy and support local farmers. The restaurants get delicious and fresh produce, and the farmer gets recognition for their hard work as well as guaranteed business. The movement supports reduced carbon footprint as the product doesn’t have to be shipped long distances. 

Digital solutions in agrofood industries

Agricultural production is the core economic sector for the majority of Africa and scaling up agribusiness is the next growth frontier. Post-COVID-19,  countries will  be forced to do things differently, the government and companies will need to review their supply chain resilience, adopt customer-driven business models, food safety procedures, and safety. At this stage, it is important for Africa to identify and rally around transformation models such as farm to fork in order to cope up with global trends. Healthy lifestyle and convenience remain some of the key consumer trends driving the farm to fork models. With information readily available over the internet,  consumers are also more knowledgeable and are concerned about food quality, sustainable farming and animal welfare, as part of digitisation in agrofood industry.

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The digitalisation of the agrifood sector is a prominent theme emerging in the Farm to Fork strategy, which emphasises that all actors in the food chain should harness technological and digital solutions to deliver on sustainability goals. Digital farming helps farmers to be connected, have more insights on farms and thereby mitigate risk. Use of digital solutions in food inspections, trucking and refrigeration are bringing efficiency to food logistics and give sellers and end consumers better insights into the shelf life and pricing of specific shipments of produce. 

Food loss in many developing countries is a matter of utmost importance and it is found that 94% of losses occur as a result of inefficiencies in the supply chain, from harvesting through distribution. Information and communication technology applications play an important role in eliminating such inefficiencies and make the continent’s agribusiness systems more competitive.

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Farm monitoring

Smart farm automation tools

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Smart farms, greenhouse – IOT technology’s remote diagnostics & monitoring capabilities are also being successfully employed outside the realm of mechanical maintenance. IOT devices are being used to collect detailed and real-time data in a wide array of fields, ranging from medicine to agriculture. Robust data collection has even allowed businesses to automate certain processes and remotely manage production.

IOT wireless sensors in greenhouse / vertical farming

An excellent illustration of these capabilities comes from the agricultural industry. Forward-thinking indoor growers and nursery owners have implemented IoT devices to help monitor and manage their plants. In this scenario, a connected device continuously monitors environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, sunlight, and soil condition.

This remote diagnostics data is then collected using sensor devices, compiled, and organized to help growers analyze long-term environmental trends. Wireless sensor devices can also be designed to automatically respond to environmental data in the greenhouse. If the device registers low moisture levels in the soil, for example, it can automatically trigger a watering system to correct it. This kind of functionality both boosts productivity, and reduces overhead costs. Like other IoT applications, the end result is a system that is more efficient, more productive, and less expensive. Less of supervisory efforts. No need to go around the farming yard to measure readings of moisture, temperature, etc.

Smart farm automation – ROI factors

From the readings taken from the temperature sensor, humidity sensor, moisture sensor, pH sensor, Greenhouse, smart farm monitoring solutions are capable of automating the process of switching on and off the actuators to provide remote temperature and humidity control, irrigation, fertigation readings

Decrease in the energy consumptions relating to all the processes of temperature and humidity control, irrigation system, etc. hence the time the pump, heater, fan, and other devices are operated reduces.

Current monitoring systems ensure that equipment consuming high electrical can be replaced or repaired for efficiency.

Realtime industrial monitoring of assets such as a heater, fan, and water pumps will reduce maintenance costs.identifying the malfunctions of these devices through temperature and vibration readings.

Soil moisture sensor reports that soil sensor triggers irrigation of the field is below optimum moisture levels for plant growth. Once the sensors detect field has had enough watering, water turns off. Read about ecommerce logistics.

  • Install wireless sensors and actuators in farms
  • Dashboard software and data visualisation tools to collect informastion from sensors
  • Send notifications and alerts based on abnormal values
  • Monitoring the pH of rain and water harvested-pH sensors
  • Monitor the acidity and alkalinity of the soil-pH sensors
  • Measure the soil moisture content-moisture sensor
  • Monitoring the ambient lighting-ambient light sensors
  • Analytics using leaf color monitoring will help early identification of plant diseases
  • Monitoring all other critical factors (temperature, humidity, moisture, air quality, CO2) etc.
  • Interface to existing farm monitoring systems
  • Non contact body temperature and attending monitoring of farm workers
  • Reduction in the usage of water(minimize the wastage of water)-proper irrigation-deploying moisture sensors
  •  Achieve resource optimisation in farming industry
  • Reduce the usage of fertilizers by measuring the acidic and alkaline content of the soil-pH sensors
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IOT solutions in Farming

Agriculture farm automation

Smart farming – Monitoring connected sensor devices (Bluetooth) is always an important aspect in the field of the Internet of Things (IOT). The need for the hour is a fully configurable, real-time software dashboard that visualizes the data coming from these connected wireless sensor devices – mostly solar-powered with battery backup.

IOT in farming and agriculture industry

IOT in farming for monitoring realtime data 

The key data parameters coming from the sensor modules can be displayed in realtime in the farm automation dashboard. For e.g. dashboard can display the realtime temperature, humidity, and current soil moisture inside a greenhouse with the help of our wireless sensor module and gateway.  The expertise in encoding and data-driven analytical models to help us in delivering real-time executions. This would be achieved through irrigation & fertigation actuator actions or alert notifications using the farm automation dashboard.

Farm automation dashboard Trend Analysis

The trend analysis is very important for farmers as it can make or break their cultivation in that particular area. The weather and environmental trends are analyzed deeply and shown to the farmers via the sensor dashboard. This can help farmers be ready with proactive actions. Trend analysis is an aspect of technical analysis that tries to predict the future movement of a stock based on past data. Trend analysis is based on the idea that what has happened in the past gives traders an idea of what will happen in the future with the help of our farm automation dashboard.

MAP Based on monitoring in farm automation dashboard

MAP based monitoring has immense usage in farming and supply chain logistics industries. The dashboard gives the user a live picture of the real scenario. Location is monitored continuously and subsequently, the trends on sensor node energy levels and network load can be predicted and shown via this IOT dashboard.

IOT in farming – automation dashboard

Our automation dashboard designs are extremely interactive and allow users to perform various operations that will bring out meaningful insights. Our development team has ensured that these dashboards are optimized and responsive to any screens without depending on the operating, browser, or whatever the device may be. It is designed to run on any smartphone or tablet or a personal computer.

Contact us for more information on IOT in smart farming, backed by a customer centric project management team.

Greenhouse automation

Farming automation dashboard

Smart farm automation, indoor farming, vertical farm automation solutions

Greenhouse monitoring, farm automation

If you are in the farming industry (fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc) you might know how crucial the role weather plays in farm cultivation. Unseasonal rains and severe droughts should be predicted early so that the crops are not affected at all. A meteogram is integrated into the smart farm dashboard which would display the weather around the farm location for the next few days. This would help a farmer to plan his activities and take proactive actions without the addition of manpower.

Every greenhouse farmer needs real-time data on the conditions of the soil and the farm surroundings; this will help in strategizing the methodologies for cultivation. There would be a real-time graphical visualization of Internet of things (IOT) sensor data like temperature, humidity, and water irrigated in the dashboard software home page.  It will show the live data from the sensors and plot it graphically for e.g. in the case of water irrigation it would show how much water has been let out to the farm for irrigation purposes. There is also a provision for viewing the weekly summary of all the sensor data. The daily average would be taken and shown as charts in the summary.

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Greenhouse automation with wireless mesh sensors

Our wireless sensor-based solutions for agriculture are compliant with industry automation standards. The wireless sensor combination can be customizable according to each client’s needs and demands to build a modern greenhouse automation solution.

The smart sensor unit for farm automation comprises of various type of devices which can detect events or changes in its environment and trigger a corresponding output. Protection from rodents, theft of equipment is provided. Modern farm automation tools actually give a real-time reading of various data that are crucial in the agricultural field and pass on the data to the actuators through a gateway. The mesh enabled technology is best suited for indoor farm automation.

Real-time Monitoring

Indoor farm automation sensors & dashboard software

The greenhouse automation software platform has integrated IoT sensor units to sense moisture, temperature, and humidity, water levels, light, pressure, etc and will send the data to a Ripples IOT gateway that could collect and process the data to the actuator to take necessary actions.

The actuator functions involve functions like opening a solenoid valve to allow the pumping of water when the moisture level is low, controlling the exhaust valve based on the temperature inside the greenhouse, etc. The entire system functions on wireless networks and has options for solar-powered charging or being equipped with long-life batteries.

List of the sensors we have expertise in
  • The analog soil moisture sensor
  • DHT digital temperature humidity sensor
  • Agriculture pH sensor 
  • Alcohol content
  • Dust levels
  • Ambient light
  • Pressure
  • Wind speed
  • Sunlight intensity
  • Rain measurement in farms
  • Leaf color monitoring using the camera

Other sensors that will be designed and developed as attachable shields for includes CO2, GPS & flowmeter 

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Our Greenhouse automation smart farm solutions

Our farm monitoring kit is best fit to be installed in indoor farming, which would help reduce costs and introduce efficiency into the working process, besides solving the problem of manpower shortage and distance to be covered in remote monitoring. The whole smart farm software platform can be managed through the internet, accessed using mobile phones and there is no need for the physical presence of the farmer. The solution also allows integration of actuators that control lighting, blower fans, irrigation, and fertigation and to know the excess vibration and anomaly detection in farm equipment.

Call us for an online demo of the smart farm automation & plantation management platform or for a farm automation starter kit deployment at your farm in the Czech Republic, Italy, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Poland, Spain, France, Brazil, Thailand, Turkey, and other countries that have an agrarian economy.

IOT Vineyard management

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Our ready to deploy solutions used in IOT farming automation consist of gateway units that connect to solar-powered wireless sensor modules and long-range Cellular IOT to collect temperature, humidity, ambient light, and soil moisture, which are placed throughout each vineyard or indoor farming environment.

Sensors, dashboard & internet of things

Part of the deployment is to assess the best placement of the remote devices, as this will help vineyards in future industrial applications of the technology.

The remote sensor devices for collecting air quality, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, CO2, rainfall etc  have a long battery life up to 2 years; and are designed to measure a variety of environmental factors. The deployment shows how the data collected from the vineyards can be utilized in order to perform forecasting. The benefits of this include:

Optimized IOT vineyard management

Forecasting the optimum time for the harvest of grapes can significantly improve quality and minimize risks for the grapes. Subsequently, the yield of wine is increased. The business analytics performed by the Vineyard helps staff to plan the allocation of resources and specify the precise necessary actions in advance. Anomaly detection solutions can also be built on request.

Improved red wine quality using IOT solutions

The remote sensor data collected from the vineyard allows the farmer to assess conditions in order to define the optimal time and location for fertigation, irrigation, and use of fungicides.

IOT vineyard monitoring software

The IOT vineyard farm owner has real-time access to their data anytime and anywhere through the web application using the mobile network. Digitisation in agrifood industry with the help of eCommerce, farm to fork, and other models are gaining acceleration in the post Covid19 era

Wine warehouse monitoring

Storage of wine environment plays a huge role in the longevity and quality of premium wines. Using indoor position location systems, the inventory of crates, barrels, and their storage environment can be recorded. The high and low values can be linked to trigger alerts.

Eco-friendly operations

The ability to predict how and when to use resources enables the producers to minimize the impact on the environment. Read about our IOT project implemented

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