Global multi-network connectivity from M2M Intelligence enables Precision Agriculture through remote monitoring of crop growth, soil conditions, livestock health and movement. Leading to better welfare, optimized inputs, lower environmental impact and increased more sustainable capacity in the developed and developing world.
IoT Enabled livestock farmers can keep a far closer eye on the health and welfare – and even the location of their animals through cost effective communications tools and remote sensors. In one example, demand – led milking allows RFID tagged dairy animals to access automated parlours as and when they feel the need, rather than waiting all day for milking time, increasing their comfort and lowering the instance of diseases such as mastitis. The farmer is kept in the picture through 4G gateways bringing the data back from the milking sheds.
Connected soil and plant-growth sensors and even drones allow farmers to pinpoint soil conditions or diseases leading to different growth rates across their land. This enables precisely calibrated doses of fertilisers or treatments to be delivered only to where they are needed, vastly reducing input volumes and the negative environmental consequences such as run-off into waterways.
Enabling Sustainable Development
M2M Intelligence SIMs are used widely in Africa, where farmers’ lives have been transformed through simple connected solutions such as cheap soil sensors and remotely switchable solar powered irrigation pumps, meaning they can water fields miles away without wasting hours on travel, letting them focus on important tasks around the farm.
Where livestock is grazed on common lands, simply knowing the herd’s location and tracking their movements can greatly improve the herdsmen’s efficiency and geofences can raise alerts if the animals are straying into danger.