Higher yield in agriculture thanks to IoT

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Companies and research institutes worldwide are pooling their expertise to shape the future of food production. Helping tackle tomorrow’s challenges is a priority. Innovation and green technology play an indispensable role in this.

Today’s world requires better and more sustainable solutions to meet the current climate challenges. The agricultural sector is no exception, as the way we produce food affects nature, biodiversity and the environment. And more food must be produced to feed the additional 2 billion people the world will have by 2050.

IoT specialist EVALAN strives to be part of the necessary change. As such, EVALAN actively participates in the European project PLANtAR, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of food production and lower the costs of innovative technologies to help address food safety. How? By creating a new generation of digital technologies.

The technology

The use of green and digital technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT), is essential to solve the apparent paradox of production increase and environmental protection. The more data growers have, the better they can create the right conditions for cultivation.

Smart sensors can monitor key parameters to optimize crop development and health, leading to higher yields and better harvests. Important parameters include moisture, conductivity, leaf wetness or soil nutrition. In addition, the use of inexpensive sensors allows producers to monitor conditions accurately and at the unit level, leading to higher yields and more sustainable practices (e.g. reduced water and resource wastage and no or minimal use of potentially polluting components such as pesticides) . Smart sensors can also detect plant stress or disease at an early stage and alert growers to take action.

Our role

Within the European project, EVALAN collaborates with “Application Intelligence” by providing sensor nodes and gateways that enable data from the sensors to be sent to the cloud continuously and in real time.

EVALAN’s turnkey solution BACE (Build A Connection Everywhere) integrates the sensors with its wireless sensor network technology. BACE communicates via many standard protocols and uses one of them to retrieve the data from the sensors and deliver it to the cloud via a secure API (Application Programming Interface). The solution is cost-effective, secure and future-proof, and implementation is fast.

The benefits

The benefits and added value of using BACE include:

• Fast and easy to integrate.

• Easy to implement.

• Scalable (from one to thousands of units without complexity).

• Trustworthy.

Working together for our future

Collaboration is the key to effective solutions in the agricultural sector; especially in the development of innovative, affordable and highly integrated solutions. Therefore, the PLANtAR project brings together expert partners from the entire value chain and from three different countries (Germany, Spain and the Netherlands).

Come and meet us!

EVALAN will be present at the IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam on September 21 and 22, where we can tell you more about some of our IoT solutions. We look forward to meeting you there! If you want to keep up to date with EVALAN’s latest efforts, click here.

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