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Practical IoT: how Syngenta grows optimal orchids with sensor data

April 05, 2017

A global leader in biotechnology, Syngenta is the world’s largest crop chemical producer and an industry pioneer in crop production and seed development.

Challenge

Industrial flower production is a precise science. Few flowers demand as accurate control of environmental conditions as orchids. Even slight anomalies can cause damage to the product: overwatering and underwatering can be destructive, water salt levels must be perfectly balanced, while optimum temperature and light exposure varies. Orchids are particularly sensitive to ethylene levels in the ambient air, so proper ventilation is crucial for quality crops.

Using sensor data to create a yield enhancing product

Crop science multinational Syngenta worked with 30MHz on an an industry-grade agricultural IoT solution resulting in a system integrating ethylene sensors, light sensors, and humidity sensors to help farmers control key variables driving orchid production. Real-time data from this combination of sensors has helped prevent and mitigate the damage to orchids caused by environmental changes– including high ethylene levels– during growth, leading to higher volume and better quality product.

Meet the 30MHz Sensor Toolkit

Choose a combination of sensors to capture the metrics you need, and get real-time alerts and analytics from your environment on desktop, mobile or tablet. Get set up without IT involvement. All you need is a wifi connection, and a few moments to deploy.

Meet our sensors

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What’s your challenge?

Make better decisions with data. The right combination of sensors can provide business intelligence to cut costs, drive productivity and increase profit. Let’s talk about how sensor data can solve your business challenge.

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How can we help you digitise your cultivation process?
Analyse all kinds of information from different data sources such as climate computers, sensors and manual input in a central platform. Improve the production process of your crops, plants, seeds or bulbs together with advisors, distributors and researchers. We are happy to talk to you about which service model is most suitable for your company.
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