Inmarsat, Farmbot, Pivotel ink agreement on IoT-enabled water management for Australian farmers


Inmarsat, a global mobile satellite communications company, has entered into an agreement with Farmbot Monitoring Solutions, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to the agricultural industry and Pivotel, Australia’s provider of mobile satellite services.

The agreement will ensure that farmers anywhere in Australia are able to use the next generation of Farmbot’s solutions to remotely monitor water tanks, dams and reservoirs and activate pumps and other machinery in real-time, as and when required. Pivotel has been working with Farmbot since 2015 and will continue to provide support as part of the new alliance.

Australia has over 430,000 rural water tanks storing water critical to agriculture and over one million dams, reservoirs and other bodies of water, very few of which are monitored in real time. Most water storage facilities have pumps moving water to troughs and other locations for irrigation, but without real-time visibility and analytics, the management of water is time-consuming and inefficient.

The alliance will provide greater functionality to Farmbot’s customers, allowing farmers to monitor their water storage facilities in real-time and operate pumps when they are needed. This approach will lead to cost savings, a reduction in unnecessary travel and a more sustainable approach to water management. The Farmbot platform will also gain the ability to activate machinery, cameras, gates and a wide variety of equipment remotely. From a connectivity standpoint, the solution will employ Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro (IDP) service, a two-way messaging service provided in a compact, robust housing, which is ideal for the tough conditions found in remote areas in Australia.

The agreement between the companies also recognizes the potential for Farmbot to leverage Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity and expertise to help provide remote and precision agricultural monitoring for the global agricultural industry.

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