The Romanian company delivers high-performance Internet of Things (IoT) solutions on a single platform integrating different technologies, communication protocols and sensors to respond to the connectivity requirements that companies and the public sector need to meet in areas like environment, smart city, smart building, industrial control, logistic, security, media and casino management. As a proof of service quality solutions, it has over 150 customers worldwide.
Now, the company offers an application that delivers comprehensive real-time information about the environment and development conditions at different phenological stages of crops, fruits and vegetables, based on which proactive treatment, planned fertilization, seeding, and harvesting could be achieved. Collecting information from sensors, the system monitors vital soil, air, and light parameters, sends the information to a central unit where the database is located and where the processing is performed and alerts to changes according to predefined levels and identifies patterns with predictive value for the most common disease, insect damage, and weed pressures. In a practical embodiment, the system consists of a base station to which different types of sensors are connected; the station communicates to a remote central unit through a gateway using the wireless technology best suited for IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications, long range low power (LoRa). There are several key elements which prevailed in the selection of this technology: the long range (15 – 20 km) that allows long distance monitoring, the high number of nodes that may be connected (theoretically – millions) and the consumption: LoRa technology is supported by circuits requiring very low power levels, thus the battery life may exceed 10 years. The base station is build around a very low power consumption microcontroller, however, to provide an energy reserve for a multiple sensor platform and future improvements, a redundant power scheme was considered. This allows the use of a mains independent power supply fed by solar cell buffered by rechargeable battery.
The application hosted by the server can be accessed by mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) or desktop computers. It displays the values of the measured parameters, but can process the data to offer more information.
The key monitored parameters are the following:
- air temperature;
- air relative humidity;
- CO2 concentration;
- harmful compounds in air;
- rain amount;
- light intensity;
- wind speed and direction;
- soil temperature and relative humidity;
- soil potential of hydrogen (pH);
- electro conductivity;
The basic kit contains:
- 1 module that monitors the air, soil and light parameters;
- 1 gateway that acquires data and transmits it to the server;
- 1 server;
- 1 device for displaying the data (tablet, desktop PC, smartphone).
The company is seeking international growth for increased business opportunities and market diversification. Thus, it seeks partners with other complementary monitoring systems (satellites, drones, etc.) that can be integrated into various application domains:
- Irrigation installations for agricultural crops, fruit trees, vines;
- Installations for herbicides and fertilizers;
- Ventilation, dehumidification, lighting or fire extinguishing systems (agricultural farms).
Besides the benefits of this innovative and highly versatile solution, the partners can apply for funding through the SME Instrument of Horizon 2020 programme.