Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Internet of Things? How about an Internet of Tomatoes?

“About 88 percent of farms around the U.S. are small and medium size, and of those, nearly 100 percent have no instrumentation,” said Erick Olsen, whose title is smart agriculture manager for Analog Devices, a Massachusetts-based data conversion and signal processing giant that is targeted toward farmers. “What we’re trying to do is not break the system, but show that by proper measurement, a new way to look at a crop and judge its quality ... farms can benefit.”

Analog Devices is testing wireless in-field sensors in Peterborough, one of 19 sites in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with the goal of growing better-tasting tomatoes and other fruits or vegetables.

Tomatoes are an obvious first target, since modern agriculture has ruined their flavor in the name of storage and transportation. Even the tomatoes I grow myself, which aren’t doing too well, beat those billiard balls they sell in supermarkets.

The system Analog Devices has installed at the Cornucopia Project is a prototype, or “minimum viable product” in R&D-speak. It includes sensors that can be placed throughout a field, inside greenhouses or under high-hoops systems, and which measure the air temperature and humidity and the ambient light – crop-independent information of value no matter what you’re growing.

This isn’t quite Internet of Things, since they’re not gathering data from individual plants, but it’s a start. Plus, they send the signal continually to a communications gateway, which transmits it to farmers’ cellphones or computer using whatever schedule is set. Down the road, they hope to develop a smart-mesh IP network to handle the signals, which is very Internet-of-Things-ish.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

Publication date: 9/13/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

6/22/2018 Tomato sorting line gets second life in Australia
6/21/2018 Prototype ion-selective sensors ready for testing this year
6/21/2018 New type of photosynthesis discovered
6/20/2018 "Add durability to your favorite watering tool"
6/20/2018 "A single solution for all of your processes"
6/20/2018 Creating intelligent plants with botanical sensors
6/19/2018 Crop estimate with the new iPhone X from HortiKey
6/19/2018 India: Assam to make vegetables and flowers centre commercially viable
6/15/2018 New horticulture grow lamp ensures higher output
6/14/2018 "Three-in-one soil sensor boosts yield in greenhouses"
6/12/2018 "Automation is great, but only if it works"
6/12/2018 "LED horticulture lighting revolutionizes grow economics"
6/11/2018 New toplight for controlled environment agriculture
6/8/2018 Autogrow uses Alexa to create talking AgTech system
6/7/2018 Tomato growers see increased yields with light recipes
6/6/2018 New ‘superpowers’ in greenhouse automation
6/6/2018 "Less shadow and optimum insulation"
6/5/2018 US: Startups compete for $250,000 in ag automation competition
6/5/2018 Promoting the Netherlands and its agricultural sector in Kazakhstan
6/4/2018 Transforming a pepper to hydrangea nursery