Maxar Technologies company DigitalGlobe released Sensing4Farming, an Internet of Things (IOT) product for smart, digital, and precision agriculture created in partnership with Vodafone Spain. Sensing4Farming aims to provide crucial insights about crop health to farmers, agronomists, and agrobusinesses via computer, mobile phone, or tablet, to optimize agriculture productions.
Sensing4Farming utilizes data from DigitalGlobe’s multispectral, high-resolution satellite imagery, which reveals information that cannot be seen by the human eye about vegetation health. Ground-based sensors deployed in crop fields by Qampo also provide data for Sensing4Farming, such as soil moisture, temperature, humidity and other agroclimatic parameters to complement the satellite imagery. These sensors are connected through Vodafone’s narrowband IOT network to quickly send data to the SITI4Farmer agriculture software platform, a cloud-based farming management system built by ABACO, a company focused on developing software solutions for remote monitoring of land use. GMV processes and manages these different data sources through its WinEO service. Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms analyze the ground- and space-based data, extracting information to help enable farmers to make better decisions.
Emilio Moro Winery in Valladolid, Spain, is the first Sensing4Farming customer. The 127-year-old winery aims to create a more sustainable farming program by using less water, fertilizer and energy while increasing their grape harvests and quality.