Author: Kirsty Heather
When it comes to on on-farm connectivity to streamline your farm operations through automation and IoT (internet of things) digital technology you have several options. We have set about to explain the 2 options we recommend for Australian farmers to help you select the option that will best suit your requirements.
The Internet of things describes the network of physical devices (things) around the world that are now connected to the internet collecting and sharing data.
Connecting up all these devices such as our door opening automation and adding sensors to them such as our Sensor PRO and Chatterbox PRO that can then trigger the door opening automation to open or close. This adds a level of digital intelligence to devices that would be otherwise need human intervention. Enabling them to communicate real-time data without involving a human being. The Internet of Things makes the world around us more responsive and smarter, merging the digital and physical universes.
What is Cat M1? Formally known at Category M1, Cat M1 is a low-power wide area (LPWAN) cellular technology built especially for IoT projects. It works best when transferring low to medium amounts of data at a long range.
Operating from a low power requirement helps improve efficiency and minimise data costs. When devices are not active Cat M1 has a power saving mode which reduces data and battery use.
Cat M1 is considered future-proof and viewed as 5G technologies.
How does LoRaWAN work? It requires no internet other than the LoRaWAN internet gateway. So if you have no phone service this is the perfect solution. It can wirelessly transmit up to 8km from the LoRaWAN gateway unit.
LoRaWAN gateway processes your data and sends it to our web and mobile app. Users get real-time updates of their irrigation directly to their phone or computer.
The beauty of LoRaWAN is the one off cost per network, compared to having to pay for a sim card per device in the case of the Cat M1 network.
The Victorian government have released several rounds of funding for IoT digital technologies for eligible regions and industries in the Agriculture sector. Go to www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/digitalag for more information
What about cost?
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