Key factors in the future of agriculture include targeted and demand-oriented irrigation and the associated conservation of resources – and the Regional Sensor Cloud (RSC) will play a vital role in these efforts. So far, outdoor market gardening in Germany has used standard irrigation techniques. Given that supplying the wrong amount of water leads to lower yields, however, it is important to know the current moisture content of the soil.
Irrigation on demand
The RSC allows agricultural sensor data to be captured and evaluated. Equipped with mioty® technology, the sensors supply local measurement readings such as soil moisture and soil temperature at various depths, humidity and air temperature at various altitudes, and rain measurement data. In addition to this sensor data, the system takes further information such as weather data and forecasts or satellite data into account and analyzes it using machine learning approaches. Here, the focus is on exploratory data analysis and the creation of data-driven models for the prediction of soil moisture.
The RSC allows large areas to be covered reliably – and the evaluation of local sensor data paves the way for the straightforward, free, and time-saving monitoring of soils.