Automatic Remote Monitoring System for Soil Treatments & Potato Crop Performance

Project Details

IoT Functionality: Off-Grid Sensor & IoT Hardware, 2G/3G/4G Mobile Telecommunications, Web-Application for Desktop, Tablet or PC
Human Machine Interface: User Dashboard
Machine to Machine Communication: Custom API
Machine Intelligence:  Machine Health and Automatic Sensor Maintenance Scheduling

As part of a research program investigating the performance of potato crops on arable farmland and in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, Cranfield University, the John Innes Centre and ‚ÄčRothamsted Research, we were asked to develop and support a solar powered remote monitoring station for monitoring soil and weather conditions.

The resulting field-based monitoring system measured a range of parameters important to crop health, such as soil moisture, temperature, conductivity CO2 and Oxygen content, pH and levels of nitrate.

The system operated throughout the growing season, where gathered data was logged and transmitted to the cloud via a mobile Internet connection. The information generated was used to provide key insights into the relationships between environmental and soil conditions and crop quality.