Stratus Imaging has partnered with Enviroeye to provide tailored IoT, software and analytical solutions, that provide meaningful data to the Viticulture,Horticulture & livestocksectors in Western Australia
Why to implement IoT in the field?
In recent years, there is a buzz happeningaround IoT technologies,and whilst some industries and verticals received them very well, agriculture seems to have takena more careful approach, and the majority of growersare still looking at IoT from a distance. Who can resent farmers?many don’t see how you can benefit from implementing thistechnology. So let’s start at the beginning, what is IoT?and how can vineyardsmanagers, winegrowers, horticulturalists, pastoralists and growersbenefit from it?
What is IoT?
IoT stands for “Internet of Things”and refers to a network that connects hardwarecomponents and people with the Internet in order to collect and share data. Examples of IoT devices,are smart devices,connected to the Internet: such as microwaves that can be automatically turned on from a phone app, self-driving Internet-connected cars that detect objects in front of them and report them, and many others. Basically, any device with sensors that can connect to theInternet to share data, be contacted, or communicate through the internet, can be referred to as an IoT device. In agriculture, IoT is used for many varied purposes, f. Forexample,water management and measuring livestock life functions to know exactly when they may be fertile, and so on.
IoT in the field
In the field, IoT technology is mostly used to collect environmental data such as temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed, soil moisture, etc.,and use this data to improve the quality and quantity of harvested grapes, whilstminimizingrisk and waste. IoT combines hardware and software platformsfor remote monitoring of vineyards & horticultural crops. Wirelesssensorsare deployed throughout the vineyardor crop collectingdata about the micro-climatic, soil, and physical conditions of the plants. While software platforms are processing and presenting this data in a way which enable the decision makers to make informed decisionson daily basis.Some examples of informed daily decisions are, control pests and diseases, irrigate smarter, predict an optimal harvest moment, and thus bring down the labor costs and increase growers profitability.