In agriculture a lot is invested in innovation. The Netherlands has traditionally been a forerunner in this field. Optimal crop growth and savings on fertilization and energy consumption are important pillars. For this reason, the Westland (in The Netherlands) is always open to smart and new ideas. For example, energy sharing already takes place with a so-called heat roundabout; Hot water from the port industry is used to heat the greenhouses.
Horticulture is connected in more areas by smart techniques. Sensors monitor the humidity of the air and soil and are linked to adjustment systems (such as irrigation). This accumulated knowledge is shared and applied where necessary in open field agriculture. Here there is also a link to weather forecast information. Everything is put into service to allow crops to grow optimally. Precision agriculture ensures better yields, lower costs and sustainability of crops. Very important now that the revenues are only decreasing and costs are increasing.
Examples of IoT for a green industry
Smart irrigation - The combination of soil sensors and cloud-based data analytics enables farmers to monitor soil moisture, allowing farmers to determine when to irrigate. Connected systems automatically start and stop the watering process, not only saving valuable resources but also avoiding too much water.
Drones - Examining crops on foot to collect data on yield, fertilization needs, water levels and soil conditions is time consuming and sometimes imprecise. For this reason, the switch to autonomous drones to quickly and accurately capture crop images and automatically send them to the head office. This allows farmers to make accurate remediation decisions that prevent small problems from becoming major problems.
Smart greenhouses - Many in agriculture use smart greenhouses to remove the weather as an obstacle to higher yields and to promote responsible energy consumption. These greenhouses can be equipped with solar-powered IoT sensors, which can help control the environment and water consumption. Sensors can also help save energy by monitoring and controlling temperature, humidity and light levels. Whether it concerns activating or controlling the thermostat in the greenhouse, IoT helps to reduce the ecological footprint of this agricultural method.
Big data While IoT applications provide real-time benefits that respond to current needs, perhaps the greatest benefit is the data collected by IoT-enabled sensors. By collecting and analyzing IoT-captured insights, farmers have the blueprint to spot inefficiencies they might not have seen otherwise.
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