Published on March 12th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
A New Generation of IoT Tools for Data-driven Farming
Perhaps the most important “plant” in any type of agricultural setting is not organic but digital. The Internet of Things (IoT) is making great inroads in farming and other types of agribusiness as reported by Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat. Companies like Arable are making suites of software, applications and sensors to provide critical data that drives optimal results. Climate change is causing ever greater challenges to growing and having key data on conditions can be interpreted by machine learning to produce more crop on less land in difficult circumstances. IoT is stepping up to help feed the world.
Image Credit: Arable
Arable is moving agriculture tech forward today with a new generation of internet of things (IoT) tools that enable farmers to take advantage of advanced sensors, wireless networks, and machine learning recommendations to improve crop growth.
The company has come up with a new Mark 2 sensor, a new mobile app, a sensor-integrating bridge device, and Arable Open, a customizable applications programming interface that partners can use.
The solution comes as rising pressures around climate resiliency, mitigation, and adaptation are revealing the urgent need for thoughtful and efficient land use. Arable already has hundreds of partners and customers in the industry across 37 countries.
Above: Arable’s internet of things crop sensor. Image Credit: Arable
In the past decade, about 23% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have derived from agriculture, forestry, and other land use, putting it just behind electricity and heat production (25%) and ahead of industry (18%).
“We’re at this critical stage in agriculture where we’re faced with the pressures of a changing climate,” said Arable CEO Jim Ethington. “And agriculture is one of the most impacted industries. And we hear it all the time from our customers. Farmers say they won’t be able to grow crops in a region in five years. Their yields are down in hot years. And so we’re seeing the pressures of climate change in agriculture. And yet at the same time, there are these new technologies that are becoming available around IoT around the ecosystem of machine learning technologies that can be brought to bear to provide new tools that give farmers the ability to leverage data and improve their operations. And that’s really what Arable is about.”
Poor water availability and elevated ozone levels are projected to cause global vegetable and legume yields to fall by 35% in the next 80 years. Every degree Celsius increase in global temperature correlates to a 5-15% drop in overall crop production. Climate change is pushing Cabernet Sauvignon out of Napa.
The answer to the problem lies in data, according to Arable. Data collected across the agricultural supply chain, digested and distilled with useful analytics, is the most powerful tool for adapting to new conditions and mitigating their harmful effects on economies and people’s well-being.
This is what compelled Arable’s team to build their new suite of agronomic solutions. Building on the success of the original Mark device and Insights platform, Arable sought out feedback, pain points, and ideas from early adopters to understand what was missing, and challenged its engineers and scientists to test the limits of what was technologically possible. The company says the result incorporates deep machine learning, robust data science, and weather model and remotely sensed data to reshape the way we address the most important challenge of our time.