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China Telecom and Ericsson launch open IoT platform

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  • Global connection management platform will support China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy and accelerate the deployment of IoT solutions and services
  • China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprise customers to deploy, manage and scale IoT connected devices and applications globally
  • Based on Ericsson Device Connection Platform, part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator, used by more than 25 operators and supports over 2,000 enterprise customers

China Telecom and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have launched the China Telecom IoT Open Platform – a global connection management platform that will support China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy and accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.

The China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprises to deploy, control and scale the management of IoT devices through partnerships. With this platform, enterprise customers can integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity service offered by China Telecom to create highly reliable IoT solutions. China Telecom and its industry customers will use the platform to drive the digital transformation of industries in China and beyond.

Magnus Rahm, Head of Global Service Operations, Ericsson, says: “The IoT market is growing very rapidly and we aim to use our expertise in this area to help our customers capitalize on this opportunity. Together with China Telecom, we can play a key role in realizing the tremendous potential of the IoT by reinventing processes, creating new services, and capturing new revenue.”

The China Telecom IoT Open Platform is powered by Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform – a global, unified platform that is being used by multiple enterprise customers in various industries to manage IoT connection services worldwide. The platform offers enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service-level agreements and a common, unified overview of devices and access networks.

Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform was launched in 2012 and now supports more than 25 operators and over 2,000 enterprise customers as part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. Ericsson also collaborates with the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association to realize the vision of a seamless customer experience with worldwide coverage and superior service quality for IoT applications.

Telit and OT-Morpho join forces as IoT adoption explodes

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London, June 29, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), together with OT-Morpho, a world leader in digital security & identification technologies, announced today that the companies are partnering together to solve the challenges facing the mass adoption of IoT via today’s traditional deployment methodology.

As the cellular Internet of Things market is maturing and evolving to deploy tailored IoT such as CAT-M and NB-IoT, the companies believe a different deployment approach will be required. The two companies are partnering to bring to market a next generation approach that will allow the digital distribution of mobile subscriptions on demand to IoT connectivity modules. The joint solution will enable global interoperability, reduced total cost of ownership for end-customers and improved time-to-market for enterprises and device makers looking to roll out large-scale IoT projects.

Together, Telit and OT-Morpho will leverage their combined technical expertise as well as their worldwide customer and carrier eco-systems to jumpstart the IoT narrowband cellular economy. The focus will be on streamlining the provisioning and subscription management process for next generation Cat-M and NB-IoT connectivity.

“We are excited to partner with OT-Morpho and collaborate on innovative ways to serve the needs of the IoT market. We believe our new approach will also offer significant advantages to MNO partners – including but not limited to – new market opportunities for services, minimal impact on existing business processes, cost savings on SIMs logistics while maintaining the highest level of security and are working with some early adopters to fully leverage these,” said Oozi Cats, CEO of Telit. “Following the recently announced Telit simWISE offering, this new solution will further target the coming wave of NB-IoT and Low Cat devices enabling a global IoT centric subscription management service, reduce total cost of ownership for end-customers and improve time-to-market for IoT developers.”

“OT-Morpho and Telit see the massive opportunity represented by the IoT market and believe that as key ecosystem players they have a vital role to fulfill in helping MNOs and enterprises roll out their IoT strategies. By streamlining subscription management and by bringing solutions that can enhance the security and integrity of connected devices, we are fulfilling critical industry needs in order for the IoT to reach its full potential,” said Didier Lamouche, CEO of OT-Morpho.

As Telit and OT-Morpho progress into their partnership, the companies plan to announce the details of their solution in the near future, which will enable a wide-scale adoption of cellular technology across billions of devices worldwide.

Source: Telit

ThinkPark Connected Country Network Revolutionises Australian Farming

 

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Actility, the global leader in LPWA IoT Networks, is pleased to announce that its ThingPark platform is powering the rollout of the Connected Country Network in Australia. The Connected Country network is the result of a new joint venture between Delta Agribuiness subsidary Discovery Ag and long-standing Actility partner the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), and was launched last week at Australian Farm Institute’s Harvesting the Benefits of Digital Agriculture conference in Melbourne.

For agriculture, Connected Country will provide the backbone infrastructure for networks of low-cost wireless sensors that constantly report on essential farm metrics like soil moisture, rainfall, crop health, water levels and livestock data. The sensors use limited power and can operate ‘in the field’ for years without the need for intervention. The network will be immediately rolled out across 400,000ha (1m. acres) in the NSW Central West area. Within 18 months the joint venture partners intend to provide Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity across vast areas of the nation’s farming regions.

“While hi-tech farming techniques are in use today, 80% of Australia’s farming footprint lacks adequate network coverage,” explains Discovery Ag CEO, Alicia Garden. “For those that do have coverage, existing 3/4G cellular technologies make it too expensive for most farmers to network their sensors and create a truly connected ‘smart farm’.This private infrastructure project is initially about building the enabling technology to make the IoT viable for Australian agriculture,” adds Garden.

“As the network builds out, though, it will by default cover many other businesses and urban areas, so anyone who wants to develop a sensor network but who has been prohibited by the cost of data transfer will be able to join the Connected Country system and achieve their goals. This project is the first of its kind in terms of the size of the area we’re aiming to cover and will attract significant global interest. No-one has been willing or able to deliver such a solution on this scale before and we see it as a major step in helping ensure regional communities are ‘connected’ and able to improve the way they do business.”

NNNCo Founder & CEO, Rob Zagarella, adds “The Rural IoT network, delivered by the NNN and powered by Actility’s ThingPark platform, will solve the connectivity and affordability problems for farmers. Together with Discovery Ag we will be providing a low-cost end-to end standards based solution comprising on-farm networks, network-ready sensors, and access to simple on-farm tools that farmers can use to monitor information and take timely action.”

Actility CEO Mike Mulica comments “Projects like this clearly demonstrate how industrial IoT has now moved into a stage of widespread deployment to solve real problems and deliver concrete benefits. Agriculture is quick to adopt new technology when the business case is right. This network will be a game changer for farmers in Australia’s Connected Country, thanks to its dramatic reduction in the TCO of an IoT solution. We’re very pleased to be able to support NNNCo and Discovery Ag in the speedy and cost-effective roll-out of the technology bedrock of the Connected Country.”

Source: NNNCo

 

Mobike and Gemalto collaborate to bring IoT connectivity to bike-sharing services beyond China

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Gemalto, the world leader in digital security and Mobike, world’s largest smart bike sharing platform, announced extending its partnership in secure internet connection for Mobike’s fleet of bikes.

Gemalto’s Cinterion M2M module and Machine Identification Module (MIM™) are embedded in the smart bike lock to transmit location data and operate the lock remotely.  As Gemalto’s modules are pre-certified with all major network operators worldwide, this collaboration allows Mobike to launch the service worldwide faster and more easily, and other connected services can be added in the future.

Smart solution fuel the booming bike-sharing economy
Mobike’s IoT based bike-share solution allows users to conveniently locate the nearest bikes in real time at their exact location by using a Mobike app. This is particularly important as, unlike other bike sharing services, such IoT-based solutions can also allow the Mobike platform to smartly monitor the health status of each bike, manage hot spots, and distribute its fleet of bikes based on user demand for better safety, high operation efficiency, and meeting unmet “last mile” urban mobility needs.

“Innovation has put us in the leading position and made us the largest smart bike-sharing service provider in China and the world. Our next milestone is to launch our IoT based solution in more countries worldwide, and provide a convenient service to commuters and contribute to a healthier lifestyle,” remarks Joe Xia, co-founder and CTO of Mobike. “Gemalto’s track record in delivering end-to-end secure connectivity and pre-certified solutions help make seamless connections within the global market. Gemalto is with us in China, and as we expanded into our first international markets – Singapore and Manchester. Our ongoing collaboration will help Mobike’s International expansion plans.”

Mobike has experienced a tremendous success in China and we feel this can be replicated in other markets with growing demand for more convenient and environmentally-friendly commuting,” says Suzanne Tong-Li, SVP Greater China and Korea for Mobile Services and IoT and China President, Gemalto.  “Connected bikes hold huge potential for additional mobility capabilities, such as on-demand connectivity, biometric authentication, user-preference-based personalization services and other mobility services.

Source: Gemalto

First NarrowBand IoT service packages launched in Germany

  • Two entry packages available to experience and pilot NB-IoT solutions
  • NB-IoT based smart parking solutions introduced in several German cities
  • Rapid NB-IoT network expansion in Germany and across Europe with nationwide rollout in the Netherlands already accomplished

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Deutsche Telekom today offers its first NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) service packages in Germany as it rapidly expands the availability of the NB-IoT network across its footprint and sets the scene for its 2020 5G communications standard. The ready-for-sale NB-IoT service packages in Germany consist of two options: NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, as well as NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, a more comprehensive NB-IoT product connectivity package, which also includes Deutsche Telekom’s Cloud of Things platform.

The NB-IoT Access entry package is available from EUR 199 and includes a 6-month activation of up to 25 SIM-cards with 500 KB per SIM pooled in Germany’s NB-IoT network. As a further optional add-on – a private APN with IPsec-key encryption is available. The NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things entry package is available from EUR 299 and additionally includes direct access to Deutsche Telekom’s Cloud of Things platform for device and data management. Both packages will enable customers to easily prototype their NB-IoT solutions and pilot them in their markets. A full NB-IoT service pricing is available on request.

“Deutsche Telekom believes that NarrowBand IoT is a radical Innovation in our market paving the road to digitization and our 5G services available from 2020,” says Hagen Rickmann, Head of Business Customer Segment, Telekom Deutschland. “NarrowBand IoT enables ambitious new business models, huge scale and a secure operating environment, which is exactly what our small and medium enterprise customers are looking for today as they increasingly move their business operations online.”

Smart parking solutions among the first NB-IoT services in Germany

In parallel to the European NB-IoT network rollout and commercial introduction in Germany, Deutsche Telekom already actively works with numerous customers and partners on the implementation of real-live solutions using the innovative technology. Smart parking is one such area: In Hamburg, a smart parking service is being introduced, which provides information about parking spaces to drivers in real time, digitizing up to 11,000 public and private spaces, including parking garages, with the support of Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT technology. Darmstadt, Duisburg, Dortmund, Merzig and Moers will also introduce smart parking solutions in their city centers, enabling citizens to book parking spaces even ahead of time for a worry-free visit. For the parking search in real-time, sensor data transmitted via NB-IoT is being evaluated in combination with information from parking payment machines and other data sources across town to generate reliable probability calculations.

Rapid growth of NB-IoT ecosystem predecessor to 5G future

The commercial introduction of new, standardized and cost-effective NB-IoT services comes on the heels of Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT network expansion across its markets. The nationwide rollout in The Netherlands has been finalized at the end of May, making it the first country worldwide to be completely covered by an NB-IoT network with services already being offered to selected customers. The rollout in Germany is progressing well, and other countries within Deutsche Telekom’s footprint, including Greece, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Croatia are also preparing to introduce NB-IoT. In the US, T-Mobile plans to support NB-IoT from 2018 onwards.

The NB-IoT technology is hailed as the most robust answer to current customer demand for innovative Internet of Things solutions. Its key advantages are the low-cost factor due to low bandwidth demand, good in-building coverage, extremely long battery life of connected devices, as well as its usage of licensed spectrum and approved standardization by 3GPP. As digitization filters into just about all aspects of life, NB-IoT is designed for large-scale use and paves the road to 5G, Deutsche Telekom’s completely new network concept, which integrates fixed and mobile networks.

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Dewalt embraces IoT technology in the construction industry

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DEWALT announces the new age of jobsite connectivity with its unprecedented effort to make building more efficient through digital solutions. Over the coming months, DEWALT will launch a fully connected system, including WiFi mesh network and, later, an Internet of Things platform, to enhance productivity, profitability, and safety on the jobsite.

After extensive research, DEWALT identified that, due to the increase in digital dependency in the construction field, there is an unmet need for reliable connectivity and asset management across the jobsite. Sharing data has become more necessary for contractors, yet limited connectivity options exist.

DEWALT’s patented WiFi mesh technology provides a key solution with its ruggedized access points built to withstand the harsh and variable conditions of a construction jobsite. DEWALT WiFi enables general and trade contractors to collaborate in real-time across large-scale jobsites and to easily access critical site information such as prints, schedules, budgets and RFIs.

“DEWALT understands how vital the building and construction industries are to local and global economies,” said Tony Nicolaidis, Vice President of Marketing for Connected Systems. “Leveraging technology, our goal is to provide solutions for gathering in-depth jobsite data for better decision-making by general contractors and trade contractors, thus enhancing productivity and safety.”

The WiFi solution is the beginning and foundation of an entire end-to-end solution. DEWALT will also offer an IoT platform, enabling contractors to understand the location and utilization of assets and data on site. As an initial offering, the DEWALT Tool Connect™ inventory management system is one component of total asset management. This will become part of the larger digital platform providing critical data to inform decision-making.

“Entering the connectivity space is a great move for DEWALT and a promising opportunity for the industry. They bring a wealth of expertise to the industry as the first company to truly focus on creating a platform to support the ‘Internet of Construction Things’. In tackling connectivity, we see huge potential and opportunity for DEWALT and the wider construction community.” said Taylor Cupp, Technologist for Mortenson Construction.

Together, these solutions from DEWALT will connect the jobsite in a revolutionary way, allowing contractors to improve efficiency, profitability and safety through unparalleled connectivity, insights and asset optimization. DEWALT will soon be accepting pre-orders. Sign up to learn more at www.dewalt.com/jobsitewifi.

Source: Dewalt

Sierra Wireless supports the new Google Cloud IoT Core to simplify the adoption of IoT solutions in the enterprise

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Google Cloud Leverages Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT expertise to help more customers realize the value of connected devices

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced support for Google Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service that allows users to easily and securely connect and manage devices at global scale.


Cloud IoT Core, together with other Google Cloud services, such as Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Data Studio, provide a complete solution for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing IoT data in real time to support improved operational efficiency.

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, which includes embedded wireless modules, gateways, and cloud and connectivity services, links businesses to their operational data. The solution provides intelligence at the edge, secured device provisioning and managed services, such as device monitoring and software updates. Sierra Wireless has been working with Google since 2015 to enable Pub/Sub integration of its AirVantage® IoT Platform with Google Cloud services. Now, with support for Google Cloud IoT Core, Sierra Wireless customers have more options to access the entire Google ecosystem out of the box.

Key features of the new Cloud IoT Core solution:

  • End-to-end security – Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS; devices running Android Things or ones supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full stack security.
  • Out-of-box data Insights – Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services.
  • Serverless infrastructure: Scale instantly without limits using horizontal scaling on Google’s serverless platform.
  • Role-level data control – Apply IAM roles to devices to control access to devices and data.
  • Automatic device deployment – Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment and operation of devices at scale.


“Real-time, reliable and actionable processing of information is a complex but critical element of IoT,” said Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless. “Sierra Wireless’ experience in helping customers deploy more than one hundred million cloud-connected edge devices coupled with Google’s Cloud IoT Core dramatically reduces this complexity for businesses of any size.” 

“Cloud IoT Core was designed to simplify digital transformation by helping customers to leverage Google Cloud’s data analytics and machine learning capabilities and act on insights, in real time, from operational data that was previously inaccessible,” said Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partners at Google Cloud. “By working with industry leaders like Sierra Wireless, we are expanding the surface of innovation to help more customers realize the value of connected devices for their businesses.”

For more information about Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud solutions, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com.

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Telit Unveils New IoT University

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Training facility includes innovation and design lab to help companies accelerate business innovation based on IoT enabled solutions

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), have announced the official launch of Telit IoT University. Designed for IoT developers and integrators, Telit IoT University, part of the company’s IoT Know How suite of consultative services, teaches customers and partners how to succeed in launching IoT solutions that deliver measurable business outcomes.

Located at Telit IoT Platforms division in Boca Raton, Florida, Telit IoT University features a broad curriculum, including courses and hands-on labs co-developed by Telit and Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE). The University, an expansion of the company’s original deviceWISE University program, includes an innovation and design lab that showcases Telit deviceWISE Ready partner applications and gives students experience with a variety of hardware components required for a successful IoT deployment.

“Telit IoT University helps companies accelerate their IoT projects from idea to completion by providing the necessary tools and easy access to Telit’s IoT ecosystem and developer resources,” said Fred Yentz, CEO of Telit IoT Platforms. “Leading companies immediately apply what they learn at Telit IoT University to launch innovative products and services and improve operational efficiencies to capitalize on the full potential of today’s digital transformation.”

Courses, which are taught monthly, provide hands-on experience to help students start prototyping an IoT solution. Customers may also request on-site training at their location.

Telit IoT University courses include:

IoT for Developers:  Teaches students how to connect “things” to “apps” by exploring multiple transportation types and methods while learning how to use the management portal.

IoT for Integrators:  Introduces and reinforces the critical tasks involved with designing, launching, integrating and maintaining an enterprise IoT solution.

IoT Immersion: A combination of IoT for Developers and IoT for Integrators, this course teaches students how to integrate devices with back-end applications and includes a comprehensive final project aimed at solving a real-world scenario.

Industrial IoT for Integrators: Designed for manufacturers, this course teaches attendees how to acquire, send and transfer bi-directional information between PLCs and ERP applications.

IoT Sales & Marketing Essentials: Provides a high-level overview of IoT concepts, use cases and IoT solutions.

IoT Operations & Administration: Gives the technician or engineer tasked with the administration of an IoT solution the skills to maintain the system.

To learn more or register for a course, visit TelitIoTUniversity.com.

Source: Telit

Libelium IoT Contribution In New Book

Libelium has contributed to the book “Your consumption can change the world” written by Brenda Chavez, journalist and lawyer. Alicia Asín, Libelium CEO, has given her vision about worldwide market trends specially about the change that technology is making in all sectors putting people at the core of everything.

“The new industrial and technological revolution in all verticals of the market involves for the first time in history, not only companies or governments but also individuals“, has stated Alicia Asín. The idea of the book is to show that everyone can make a decision and that the act of any consumer influences a global way of production.

One of the IoT key sectors, and also for Libelium, are the Smart Cities. Alicia Asín has always warned about security issues but also highlights the great possibilities that wireless sensor networks provides in cities: “Urban mobility (bike-sharing, car-sharing, community or electrical cars, etc.), renewable energies or innovations such as smart grids or smart lighting that can cut down the electric bill adapting the weather needs”.

The IoT consists on connecting everything to the Internet to gather information, study it and also optimize this data. “We can reduce CO2 emissions, the time we spend searching for a car park, automate irrigation systems and also develop smart urban plans”, has pointed Alicia.

Discover the book trailer on Youtube. If you are interested in the book, visit this website.

Source: Libelium

Smart irrigation system to improve kiwi production in Italy

Italy is the second major kiwi producer after China with a saleable production around 448.000 tonnes last year. Both countries with New Zealand, Chile and Greece suppose the 93% of worldwide production by a research of the Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli (CSO).

The CSO informed in 2015 that the grow surface for kiwi on the Mediterranean country was 24.440 ha, most of them in the regions of Lazio, Pedemont and Emilia Romagna.

Emilia Romagna Region (Italy)

Emilia Romagna Region (Italy)

FAMOSA is an Italian company that works on technology-based support for agriculture, offering solutions for crop monitoring and management. They have developed wireless sensor networks, based on Libelium technology, in a kiwi plantation with GPRS and Sigfox to develop accurate irrigation strategies for farmers.

Comparing GPRS to Sigfox

Kiwifruit is one of the most sensitive fruits in terms of quality which is given by size, sweetness and dry matter. In order to reach the best quality, the Rivista di Frutticoltura e di Ortofloricoltura considers that it is essential for farmers to develop a good irrigation strategy to attain marketable products and to reduce product losses.

Agriculture organizations are deploying cutting-edge technologies in their plantations to improve processes, to maintain high quality standards and to ease farmers daily works. “We have chosen Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! Sensor Platform for its wide range of sensors and the easy development of software for data acquisition and transmission”, has stated Massimo Noferini, CEO of FAMOSA.

Waspmote Plug & Sense! installed in kiwi plantation

Waspmote Plug & Sense! installed in kiwi plantation

For this project, the company has installed two different wireless sensors to monitor soil water status to plan irrigation in a kiwi orchard. Data has been recorded with the same system but information has been transmitted to the platform by two different wireless connection: GPRS and Sigfox. The main aim has been testing reliability and costs during 2016 kiwi growing season.

Two Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture have been deployed with watermark sensors in different depths to control soil moisture with fruit diameter sensor to measure the size of the fruit; and temperature and humidity sensors to monitor environmental conditions. One of the sensor platforms is connected to a GPRS shield and the other with Sigfox. The first one represents the classical widely used data communication network and the second one the rapidly diffusing LPWAN technologies.

The information collected by the sensors has been sent to esiFARM, FAMOSA’s platform, that includes both GPRS and Sigfox technologies. To manage GPRS stations however a server has had to be configured. In this case Meshlium IoT Gateway has been used embedding Meshlium Management System making data handling easier. Farmers can get valuable information to schedule irrigation timing to avoid stress conditions, which is fundamental on kiwi plants.

Functioning diagram of the FAMOSA deployment

Functioning diagram of the FAMOSA deployment

FAMOSA has detected some differences between both technologies after the deployment:

    • GPRS:
      • A server is needed to host data that has to be maintained by the local services.
      • There must be GPRS/3G/4G coverage.
      • It is needed power consumption hardware because GPRS node requires a long-duration battery pack or external power supply. The hardware needs to stay awake for a long-time and requires a longer communication session.
      • It needs a SIM card that usually takes some days to be activated. Even if international SIM cards are available, there is a strong dependence to a contract which make connections liable to changes and reliability.
    • Sigfox:
      • It dumps data to a unique service which is accessible worldwide: data can be managed autonomously or by an intermediate service.
      • Coverage is already diffused in Italy so it is not available everywhere although it is rapidly growing worldwide.
      • It doesn’t need a handshake step with the network, while based on an acknowledge response.
      • Communication is very short and allows the device to stay dormant for a long time allowing a much longer duration to batteries.
      • Registration is quicker than GPRS, based on an annual fee.

Fruit diameter sensor

Fruit diameter sensor

The final user has not been aware nor suffered the difference between the communication through GPRS or Sigfox. Battery pack proved to have a life long enough to cover the season both in Sigfox and GPRS devices. In general, any field deployment should be as simple as possible and have a ready and reliable answer during installation tests.

Precision Farming to make smart irrigation decisions

Developing technological projects in rural areas may involve several difficulties because of the absence of physical communication infrastructures and the costs which are often unaffordable. However, wireless sensor networks suppose a great opportunity because of the low installation, maintenance and also operative costs.

esiFARM platform

esiFARM platform

FAMOSA is collaborating with farmers to introduce the IoT approach with esiFARM in their fields. The platform allows to collect information from the sensor platforms and other information sources such as georeferenced cameras pictures or multispectral analysis of satellite imagery. EsiFARM includes models to help farmers in decision and alerts (irrigation, pathogens and maturation).

“Farmers were impressed by the ease of the installation, which proved to be able to give real-time and comprehensive information in less than one hour of full installation”, has argued Massimo Noferini, CEO of FAMOSA. During 2016 season between March and October the decision support system has worked well and continuously. Farmers have been able to monitor without interruptions soil water status to have irrigation always under control.

Kiwi crops in Emilia Romagna

Kiwi crops in Emilia Romagna

The deployment of soil water status sensors at different depths has allowed to compare the effect of irrigation strategies. Farmers have had a prompt warning about any water stress condition to recover from a growth deficit. In this kiwi project, the irrigation system was activated by the farmer.

Source: Libelium