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Telecommunication company steps in data-collection for growers

Vodafone Romania expands its portfolio of digital solutions for business with a suite of solutions dedicated to farmers. They integrate innovative sensor-based IoT technologies that ensure the collection and management of essential data for crops, automation of operations, monitoring of various parameters, analyses, and predictions that allow increased efficiency and productivity in agriculture.

The solutions in Vodafone portfolio are addressed to farmers who have various types of crops – large crops (cereals, oilseeds), vegetable or fruit crops – grown both in the field and in greenhouses. The solutions are scalable and customizable, adapted to the needs of each farmer, regardless of the size of the cultivated land and the type of plant.

In addition, by connecting to Vodafone’s NB-IoT (NarrowBand – IoT) network with national coverage, Vodafone solutions for agriculture enable communication between devices – sensors anywhere in the country, thus covering the needs of farmers who have crops even in remote areas and without power supplies.

“Agriculture is one of the sectors that can benefit enormously through the adoption of digital technologies and solutions. Romania is still in the beginning on this journey, but we are seeing a growing interest and openness among farmers, who have understood that precision agriculture, based on IoT technologies and data analytics, is the agriculture of the future. 

The suite of solutions that Vodafone makes available to farmers successfully covers their needs, regardless of the type of crops they grow and the size of the cultivated land. In addition, by connecting to the Vodafone NB-IoT network with national coverage, our solutions address one of the main barriers in project implementations in this field, namely that of crops situated in remote areas, which are not currently covered by other existing communication technologies. With the launch of these solutions, Vodafone is taking one major step in its strategic direction of consolidating its position as technology provider and digitalization partner for all businesses in Romania”, said Mihnea Rădulescu, Director Vodafone Business, Vodafone Romania.

For indoor crops, Vodafone digitization solutions offer a series of automations based on real-time analytics and alerts, such as emergency shutdown of greenhouses in case of storm, operation of irrigation, ventilation, heating etc.

Through an integrated and easy-to-use application, farmers can view real-time data collected by sensors, track precipitation levels, both real-time and in forecast, receive personalized alerts and reports, recommendations for treatment, fertilizers and irrigation, important information for the planning of agricultural works. 

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