Agriculture is a critical part of our world’s economy. With estimates showing an expected doubling of our world population by 2050, farmers will need to dramatically increase the yields farms can create. At the same time, they will need to reduce the amount of water used to grow these crops. Most of the water used in farming is for irrigation. We are rapidly depleting our fresh water resources and this cannot continue at the same pace. Through the deployment of RPMA Network enabled systems, you can monitor the moisture in the soil at various depths and report this back to a central irrigation management system. Field tests have shown that water consumption can be cut from 10 to 30% depending on the crops and the soil. This equates to saving more water than households consume every year. By not over or under-watering, yields can also be increased by up to 7%. In addition to irrigation management, remote sensing helps with the measurement of soil health, pH, and other characteristics. Farmers can use this data to make decisions about where fertilizer is needed and exactly how much to apply. Optimizing inputs improves crop economics and reduces unneeded irrigation or fertilizer applications.
Smart Agriculture powered by RPMA Networks, combined with the proper moisture and chemical probes provides a low-cost option for farm management systems. Integrating RPMA LPWA technology with asset tracking creates remote sensing options for livestock tracking that haven’t previously existed. Ranchers can track their herds in real time, and quickly identify and reach lost animals. Integrating smart sensors into the farm environment can provide ambient temperature, health, and other data useful for optimizing the livestock. Smart devices are able to monitor and provide analytics for the end-to-end product lifecycle, from seed to shelf. This improves the yield quality & quantity and increases the efficiency of the resources and minimize the in-field losses. In-ground sensors monitor soil moisture and temperature and provide alerts to the farmer when the moisture level is low. In addition, in-field IoT devices monitor water flow and energy usage, providing quantifiable data and trends over time. Smart Agriculture through RPMA Networks generates large increases in productivity, improved resource efficiency, improved traceability for high volume crops, as well as increased acceptance rate for export crops.
Use Case: A large Agriculture company wishes to measure several data points in-order to improve their agricultural output. A RPMA device can measure water wells and report back through the network. A smart RPMA device can measure the soil temperature, moisture, and other critical factors. Similarly, a device can be deployed in fields measuring air temperature, air direction, wind strength and rain amount.