Pessl Instruments deploys its 1st LoRa connected weather station with KPN in Netherlands

15.09.2017

µMETOS LoRa is a new generation of the METOS weather stations that operate on the LoRa network that will help optimizing data transmission costs and bringing connectivity to previously unreachable areas. The development of the device continues with tests in the field.

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Two trial stations in potato fields in Netherlands have been recently installed, namely with Van den Borne Aardappelen – one of the biggest and most advanced potato producers in the world. The µMETOS LoRa stations utilize KPN LoRa Network – the first nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications in Holland.

The objective of the “Internet of Food & Farm 2020 Project KPN Demonstration“ is to show how technology continues to change and improve agricultural industry and how farmers can benefit from it.
The µMETOS LoRa stations are equipped with a high resolution rain gauge, relative humidity and air temperature sensor, leaf wetness sensor, a soil temperature and a set of soil moisture sensors.

Rain gauge measures the amount of precipitation, hygroclip measures relative humidity and air temperature and is used for dew point calculation for better spray timing, leaf wetness sensor measures if the leaves of the crop/culture have been wet and for how long this event lasted. The soil temperature helps farmers with seeding and planting date and soil moisture assists them in applying the right amount of water for the plants and informs about the accessibility of the field with machinery. This information is especially useful when using Disease Models and spray timing.

The measured data together along with our hyper local weather forecast including adjusted prediction will bring a new dimension for work planning, irrigation requirements, fertilization and crop protection applications. As results, farmers can make more accurate decision and increase environment sustainability.