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Farming to Food Safety: How LoRa®-based Technologies are Changing Agriculture

Posted by Katy Koenen on Aug 21, 2019, 6:24:19 AM

This week we’re exploring some of the ways that LoRa-based devices and LoRaWAN® networks are at work in the food chain.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is constantly expanding its reach. We’re getting accustomed to the notion of smart buildings and smart cities, but smart agriculture may not be top of mind when we think of the IoT. Nevertheless, farmers are quickly adopting IoT and LPWAN technologies – particularly solutions based on the LoRaWAN protocol – to great effect.

For instance, we’ve seen a LoRaWAN solution for eliminating agriculture water waste. Using LoRa- and LoRaWAN-based devices and solutions, farmers can monitor the saturation of the soil in their fields, and can adjust their irrigation practices to make sure that their crops get enough water, without wasting water or crops by over-watering. Semtech also offers a white paper about some of the other ways that its LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol have revolutionized agriculture, such as monitoring fertilization needs to maximize crop yields.

What is important here is that the adoption of this technology is not just a one-off, but a growing trend. Indeed, Network World has a great article in its July 2019 issue about connected cows and food safety that is simply fascinating. Not only are farmers using LoRa-based sensors in conjunction with a LoRaWAN network to track the whereabouts and health of their cattle, restaurants are continuing the trend, using the same technologies to reduce food waste by doing things like monitoring the temperatures of their refrigeration units. Thanks to this type of LoRa and LoRaWAN implementation, when the refrigeration fails, restaurants using these solutions can be notified immediately, giving them the opportunity to rescue tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of food. To learn about other ways LoRaWAN-based technologies are being used to ensure food safety, download this free whitepaper.

Why use LoRa instead of some other technology? When it comes to cows, LoRa-based technology has a farther reach, and can keep track of far-ranging cattle. When it comes to refrigerators and freezers, LoRa-based devices operate using a radio frequency that is able to pass through obstacles, such as refrigerator doors, more efficiently and effectively than competing technologies.

Visit the LoRa Developer Portal for information on even more ways that LoRa-based technologies are changing the world. Check out our case studies, or, for information on how you can join the action and start developing your own LoRa-based solutions, enroll in the free LoRaWAN Academy.

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Topics: LoRa Developers, Smart Agriculture