If we could narrow the list of things keeping farmers up at night down to just two things, it would probably be the weather and productivity.
The weather, as we all know, is out of our control. Sure, measures can be taken to curtail the effects of drastic weather shifts, but for the most part you just have to know your seasons, land and area and do your best to work with them.
Drops in productivity, on the other hand, can largely be avoided. How, you might ask?
- By pre-empting system and equipment malfunction, wear and tear and sub-system knock on effects with a proper management solution.
- By tracking livestock at key areas to alert you of changes in behaviour or, worse, missing cattle.
- By having a complete overview of an entire agricultural operation and the ability to action detailed changes on multiple systems and sets of equipment, in real time right from your pocket (yes, even from your bed in the middle of the night, or your beachfront holiday).
At the moment, you probably use an sms-based system to turn your irrigation on and off, but we see you going much, much further than switching things on and off. We’re talking about adjusting flow rates, shifting the course of irrigation pivots and automatically issuing warnings to technicians. All of this in the same place as your moisture and nutrient levels in soil, asset management and preventative maintenance for fleets and track and trace for quality control.
How? IoT-enabled agricultural operations
IoT.nxt is currently the only South African company that provides a comprehensive, fully integrated IoT hardware and software platform from the edge to any enterprise application across all verticals, products and devices. Sounds fancy, but what does it mean? Simply put, we can digitise your entire operation to give you greater visibility of, control over and insight into your business by linking all of your machinery, systems and processes into one dashboard.
“The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.” – Wikipedia
If you look at pumps alone, you’ve probably found that your current set up is flawed and that, given the current water shortages, your water management system is wreaking havoc across your operation with serious knock on effects. Lengthy operational downtimes while you wait for technicians, unnoticeable wear and tear, inaccurate reporting on water consumption and over or under supply of water to crops are all big problems.
The Franklin Raptor Pump RMC and interface, on show at NAMPO this week, solves these problems by allowing users to:
- Remotely monitor a mobile App, showing data and analytics on all pumps – no need to drive or walk to the pump station. Just open your App to monitor and control;
- Access real-time, cloud-based data from anywhere on any mobile device – including your holiday destination;
- Remotely adjust the various modes your pumps are operating on for optimal performance;
- Remotely monitor, adjust and control water levels and the rate at which the levels change;
- Check all status levels on your pumps at the press of a button on your mobile phone or tablet;
- Remotely access pumps to reduce technicians call outs;
- Set pro-active warning triggers for when the water level drops below the set thresholds.
- Pro-actively maintain all pumps, issuing automatic warnings to technicians.
- Convert existing pumps with little to no disruption to operations by plugging onto existing din rails.
- Adhere to the water management table and retain usage records for compliance purposes;
- Lower operational costs and improved efficiency.
The South African agricultural industry maak planne like no other industry can, and work in a tough economic conditions. Our farmers need local support from local companies to push them into, and through, the 4th industrial revolution.
We think we’re the men for the job.
Our IoT solution is able to integrate both existing and new systems and devices making it cost-effective and quick to implement. It also results in little to no disruption. Want to know more? We thought you might.
Visit us at NAMPO this week – stand 25.