LoRa Solution Offers Wireless View Into Soil Health

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      #News(AgriTech) [ via IoTForIndiaGroup ]

      A handful of growers and other food companies are piloting a wireless sensor system from Teralytic that uses Semtech LoRaWAN chips built into sensor probes to capture and interpret data about a farm’s soil conditions, including temperature, moisture and fertilizer levels.

      Soil sensor technology company Teralytic is leveraging long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) sensors to provide growers, food companies and consumers with a view into the health of soil—and, subsequently, the crop growing in that soil—as part of a wireless solution. Since the probe was released this year, dozens of firms have been piloting the technology, with hundreds more currently in conversations with Teralytic.
      The system, using LoRa radio chips provided by semiconductor company Semtech Corp., consists of a single probe with 26 built-in sensors that can capture, measure and report on soil moisture, salinity (the presence of salt), aeriation, respiration, pH and temperature at three different depths. The system also measures surface conditions, such as temperature, light and air humidity, and can detect the level of nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, to give farmers an indication of how much fertilizer or other soil additives they need to add.

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