Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of M2M and IoT communication devices, today announced a joint solution with Technolution, an internationally operating technology integrator, that optimizes growing conditions using solar powered wireless sensors. Developed by Technolution and equipped with a MultiConnect Conduit IoT gateway, the new “Sense2Grow platform” utilizes the power of the LoRaWAN protocol to receive fine-grained data on growing conditions and has the potential to generate data that can be used to manage and monitor business processes for a wide variety of industrial uses.
The new Sense2Grow platform is currently up and running within the biggest rose greenhouses in the Netherlands, Porta Nova, growers of the coveted Red Naomi rose. “The new Sense2Grow system has provided us with a complete IoT chain: sensor nodes, communication to cloud, central data storage, central device management, data presentation, even installation support,” says Leon Dukker managing director at Porta Nova. “We now have access to all the information we need in the format we choose. Our sensor data is presented to us via colored heat maps – it’s an ideal format for us to review this kind of information.”
Technolution’s Sense2Grow industrial IoT solution is not limited to agriculture, as it connects sensors to generate data that can be used to manage and monitor business processes for a wide variety of industrial use. “Simply put, it converts data into information, giving you a better and more up-to-date picture of your business practices. This can yield new insights on how to improve and renew your business practices,” adds Olaf Peters, system architect at Technolution.
The Sense2Grow system implements data as a service, where the customer owns the data. In most situations, sensor data is forwarded to third parties for domain specific analysis and presentation. Raw sensor data can also be inspected in the Sense2Grow web dashboard.
“The installation of Technolution’s innovative platform within Porta Nova’s greenhouses demonstrates the benefits of combining sensor and LoRa technologies to capture vital, hard-to-reach information without relying on unpredictable cellular coverage,” says Neil Carey, “MultiTech’s MultiConnect Conduit is the industry’s most configurable, manageable, and scalable LoRa gateway and was ideally suited for the Sense2Grow platform. We are proud to be part of a solution that further reinforces the power, impact and potential of smart farming.”