Like most websites, 30MHz uses cookies to remember you so that we can deliver an optimised browsing experience. Select ‘Accept all’ if you’re okay with accepting cookies from UserEngage (webchat and lead generation), Hotjar (website improvement) and LinkedIn (tailored ads). When you select ‘Accept only necessary’, we will place cookies that let you use our website properly by remembering your preferences and for anonymous statistics. For more information, please see our cookie policy and privacy notice.

Accept all
Accept only necessary

This grower discovered irrigation issues with just 3 sensors

August 16, 2018

It may go against “sales logic,” but we usually advise customers to start with small deployments.

It’s not because we can’t handle large ones (one gateway can support around 4 thousand sensors– and if more are needed, it just takes another gateway) but because working with crop-level insights is a process. It becomes a part of how growers, consultants, irrigation specialists, cold store managers, etc. make decisions, plan resources, and communicate with one another.

There’s no magic formula to how many sensors a grower of X crop needs in a Y by Z sized facility. Growers have varying objectives, differing circumstances, and let’s be honest, differing budgets.

A quick scan of the internet would likely lead anyone to conclude that they need thousands upon thousands of data points– big data! huge data!– to make any meaningful decisions for their agribusiness.

Au contraire.

Of course, many data points are great. The more data at your disposal, the more likely you are to notice something you weren’t even looking for: an opportunity to cut costs, conserve resources, prevent crop damage etc.

But if you’re strategic with your priorities, you can make a difference with much, much less.

Go for the low-hanging fruit

Forgive the pun, but we go on about this concept for a reason. Real-time monitoring can deliver quick wins in the short-term, while helping shape growers’ strategy across seasons.

The above image is a customer’s heatmap in the ZENSIE dashboard. With just three VWC sensors, this grower was able to identify and respond to an irrigation issue, quickly and efficiently.

Faulty irrigation can be costly to growers– water is expensive (not to mention Europe has been experiencing drought!), and the impact on plants can be damaging.

Easily visible changes (all with optional SMS or email alerts) in moisture levels quickly showed the customer than an irrigation pipe was overwatering on one end, while underwatering on another. The uneven distribution of water was due to a blockage– quickly remedied thanks to real-time data.

Data doesn’t have to be “big” to be powerful.

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.
  • Please specify your needs here.

Digital agriculture: an engineer’s perspective

By Flavia Paganelli, Director of Engineering and Co-Founder of 30MHz. When I started working as an IT engineer in Argentina 20 years ago, I never would have guessed I would end up working on building a digital platform for agriculture. But I’m not surprised that 30MHz found its place in this industry. There’s just so ...
Read more

Growing cherry tomatoes remotely

Together with Delphy and Wageningen University, 30MHz will be participating in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge this year as part of team Automators. The challenge is to grow a cherry tomato crop remotely in 6 months’ time. The tomatoes will not only be judged by their looks, but also by their taste. We’re competing against 4 ...
Read more

New feature: weather forecast

30MHz platform update Let us introduce you to the new weather forecast function within the 30MHz data platform. 🌦️ Predictive weather is now possible in the dashboard, add the values of rain, rain in mm, wind speed, temperature and global radiation in e.g. charts vs your crop level conditions or individual widgets.     Easily ...
Read more