COLLABORATING COMPANIES LAUNCH NEW WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK FOR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES
Sep. 18, 2017
Source: eVineyard sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture
The vision of having license-free community sensor networks for agricultural users has made a giant leap closer to reality. A team of collaborating companies connected a Vinduino agricultural sensor station to the eVineyard application via a long-range wireless data connection, managed by The Things Network.
The Things Network is a global community, building a global Internet of Things (IoT) network with deployments in over 89 countries. By enabling agricultural communities to set up subscription free wireless data networks, sensor stations no longer need proprietary gateways, but can use a shared access point. The network uses a 5-mile range and low power radio frequency protocol called LoRaWAN.
The eVineyard vineyard management application is fully customized to meet the needs of United States grape growers and offers many features, like an automated irrigation time determination, based on local weather data and Vinduino soil moisture measurements. This unique approach increases the ease of use and precision of vineyard irrigation, bringing water savings to the next level.
The Vinduino sensor station uses a custom designed LM-110-H1 module by USGlobalSat, Inc., allowing support for LoRaWAN wireless networks with fast time-to-market.
"This is great progress, the result of our collaborative effort makes use of agricultural sensor technologies so much easier and affordable," says Reinier van der Lee, founder and CEO of Vinduino. "With our sensor system you can optimize irrigation and save an average of 25% water. On top of that, you can share a gateway with hundreds of sensors. A few gateways can cover a whole agricultural area, allowing tremendous savings on wireless cost."
"When we first heard about Vinduino, we found it a perfect fit for The Things Network and its global community," says Johan Stokking, tech lead and co-founder of The Things Network. "It's open source, it's well documented and it solves a real problem the right way, using LoRaWAN. The Things Network connected gateways do not only cover the eVinyard solution, but also any other existing or future LoRaWAN solution in the vicinity."
"Now, savings in vineyard management with the help of sensors are accessible, affordable, and easy to set-up and use for any vineyard - literally," adds Matic Serc from eVineyard. "The new offering will be beneficial both for our existing customers, as well as new ones who will join our eVineyard family. This is a great example of how IoT technologies transform agriculture, and we're excited to be working with Vinduino and The Things Network at the forefront of this wave."
"Our collaboration resulted in constant and ongoing value proposition increase & development of the Vinduino System with GlobalSat's LoRa™ Modules," says Larry Liang, COO of USGlobalSat, Inc. "The Vinduino system squarely fills an agriculture market void in the precision farming vertical not addressed by any other product solution available today, and we only foresee many wonderfully new developments for the space moving forward."
All the mentioned products will be available for shipping to USA customers before end of this year. This allows for timely installation and irrigation water saving in the upcoming 2018 growing season. More information and pre-ordering details are available from the companies listed below.
The eVineyard management system is a development of Elmitel, a Slovanian privately held company. Our vision is that the crops we consume should be as natural as possible, and produced with pride in a sustainable way. This is why we incorporate the latest technologies and methods in our simple-to-use software for wineries of all sizes. We help growers around the world produce highest quality crops in the most sustainable and economic way. The team behind eVineyard consists of people with agronomic and software backgrounds and is involved in EU's innovation projects on the topic. We won several European awards for our approach.
GlobalSat WorldCom Corp. was established at the beginning of the new millenia (the year 2000) in Taipei, Taiwan and soon after became a major manufacturer of GPS receivers and electronic communications devices globally. GlobalSat WorldCom Corp. has refined its core product lines to GPS applications and LoRa networking. GlobalSat WorldCom Corp. exports mainly to Europe and North America. Sales to the North American markets are mainly facilitated in its affiliate office in Chino, California.
About The Things Network
We are a global community of 22,742 people over 90 countries building a global Internet of Things data network. We use a long range and low power radio frequency protocol called LoRaWAN. The technology allows for things to talk to the Internet without 3G or WiFi. So no WiFi codes and no mobile subscriptions.
Vinduino LLC is a privately held company, based in California. Our technologies provide accurate live information needed for adapting crop management to changing climate conditions. With this information, a farmer can use resources more efficiently, save time, and optimize yield. We distribute the eVineyard application in California. Our award winning sensor stations and sensors are proudly designed and assembled in Temecula Wine Country, California.