As part of efforts across the world to improve precision agriculture and make smart farming decisions, farmers are looking to new technology to help with everything from managing the books to irrigating the fields. With the likes of Figaro irrigation and other drip and flow type irrigation systems being developed, we can really start to use technology to make massive changes to the way we farm. Better irrigation will lead to improved yields and boosted profits, not to mention more food produced for our ever-growing population.
This is where Sol Chip’s solar tag comes into play. Sol Chip, an Energy Harvesting solutions provider, have created an innovative technological chip that farmers can utilise to gather more precise data. We’ve long been writing articles about drones and how great they can be, but this chip is the technology behind the drone. Technology like this is the reason you can gather such precise data from your drone.
The Sol Chip Comm is a wireless solar tag designed with the sole purpose of enabling better smart agriculture and smart irrigation. By using these chips to gather data, they can feed back the information wirelessly to a cloud type network which will analyse the data and provide you with the answers you need. What really makes the Sol Chip Comm different from other sensors on the market is the sheer diversity. Not only is the chip wireless and autonomous, but you can use for such a huge variety of things; attach it to your drone, use it to monitor soil moisture and even soil nutrient levels. By implementing these chips across your farming efforts, you can easily have all your information in one place without you needing to do anything! No more spreadsheets and needlessly uploading data from various bits and pieces.
Here are the 3 big ways that solar tags are pushing smart irrigation forward especially:
Many other sensors and farming tech currently available in the technology market is still hands on. You need to get out there, planting your chips to monitor soil moisture and either lay out wires to plug them into a power source or connect directly into your computer. You might even have to go dig them up at the end of the week and upload the data manually to see the soil moisture levels in your field.
The point is, by the time you’ve got around to finding your data and realizing what it means, it’s too late. Over the past week moisture levels have been dropping considerably in your soil, and had you known about this as it was happening, you could have maintained a steady flow of irrigation instead of letting it drop and stress your crops.
The Sol Chip Comm is complete autonomous and delivers up to date info to your cloud. That means as moisture levels drop, you can watch it happen and make smart decisions to combat it.
As mentioned above, Sol Chip are an Energy Harvesting solution company, so it should come as no surprise to hear that the Sol Chip Comms can power themselves without battery changes, wires or anything else for a solid decade!
The physical chip is small and easy to install – it’s not overly noticeable, so it won’t be prone to theft. Furthermore, moving the chip is equally easy as there are no wires or connecting parts attached. There’s no worrying about the wires getting cut or damaged in floods. When they say that this chip is maintenance free, they really mean it.
The whole purpose of Sol Chip Comms is to help you as a farmer make smarter decisions. They are small, easy to use, low maintenance and moderately cheap (which will help sway many farmers to give it a try). Having real time data that’s already compiled in one network will help farmers make data-driven changes quicker – no more fussing around uploading data from various sources and trying to use it together.
That’s all there is to Sol Chip Comms. This has been a short article because the chip is so simple and effective we don’t need to dress it up much. If you’ve tried to Sol Chip Comm on your farm, or prefer an alternative we haven’t yet mentioned, let us know! Drop a comment below and check back next week for more precision agriculture articles.