Semtech and WaterBit Improve the Irrigation Process in Smart Agriculture
WaterBit provides irrigation automation for growers based on analysis of granular, ground-truth data collected through the WaterBit system, including line pressure and flow, soil moisture and temperature and more. With WaterBit’s AIS, growers maximize yield across soil types, while optimizing the use of labor and other input resources. The complete solution is used across a wide variety of crops including grapes, berries, tree nuts, cotton, corn, and leafy greens.
WaterBit’s goal when developing its solution was to create the highest quality and most reliable networking product in agriculture. To achieve this, WaterBit eliminated batteries in its production units and enabled duplex communications as well as better control with LoRa Technology.
“Agriculture has greatly benefited from the Internet of Things which has enabled growers to take action based upon events as they happen in the fields,” said Leif Chastaine, WaterBit Chief Operating Officer. “Semtech’s LoRa Technology has enabled us to deploy scalable AIS to farmers that are reliable, and provide real-time data and information over a long range.”
“WaterBit’s LoRa-based sensors have already been deployed on various crops throughout Central California,” said Vivek Mohan, Director, Wireless and
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Long Range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas. Low Power: Enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 10 years depending on the application.
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- Low Cost: LoRa Technology reduces up front infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
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WaterBit, based in San Jose, is a precision irrigation company that believes in helping growers be good stewards of the land through smart agriculture. WaterBit designs innovative agriculture solutions that set the standard for quality, reliability, ease of use and total cost of ownership. WaterBit’s Autonomous Irrigation Solution (AIS) enables microblock control of local irrigation taking into account plant stage, soil conditions and weather at a level of granularity and accuracy that is not possible with other current methods. WaterBit translates technology into tangible value for growers to improve yields, optimize water usage and implement labor-saving strategies. For more information, visit www.waterbit.com/.
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