A Ready to go "Smart Irrigation System" with complete end-to-end functionality, indigenous design and affordable price is very near to its formal launch as a viable option for local farmers. The current systems is being tested in the field since August 2016. The last crop cycle with this technology observed water saving of 40%. We are continuing to enhance the effectiveness of this system and targeting a wider range of crops. The technical datasheet of our gadgets can be viewed here.
It is almost 18 months that we joined hands with Dr.Ing- Syed Saqib Bukhari [link: http://www.dfki.de/~bukhari/] and his team at Smart Data and Knowledge Services Research Department at DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany) [link: https://www.dfki.de/web/research/sds] . In collaborative effort, DFKI, Germany and RCAI, Pakistan developed an intelligent decision support system for irrigation time and quantity decision using the on ground smart sensors.
According to the World Wildlife Foundation, global agriculture wastes almost 60% of the water it utilizes each year, mainly due to inefficient water irrigation systems. This is significant when less than 3% of all the water on earth is freshwater and more than two-thirds of that is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. Poor irrigation accounts for wasting about 70% of the world’s accessible water. What if we were able to know exactly when, where, and how much water is needed to irrigate plants? What if we could guarantee optimal plant conditions and simultaneously avoid wasting excess water? RCAI-research center for artifcial intelligence has assisted in deploying an intelligent irrigation system to facilitate management of the water network and ofcource for the farmers of pakistan.
The main setup includes soil moisture probes placed underground to monitor the water levels in various locations around the park. RCAI's Sensor Platform devices were placed in waterproof boxes and are powered by batteries with a lifespan of about one year. The data gathered from the probes is sent to Gateway and then to the cloud using 3G. The farmers are able to monitor and control electronic irrigation valves via their computer, smart phone, or tablet. Through this IoT technology, irrigation is done based on plant need and weather conditions, allowing for optimized water consumption and reducing Barcelona’s municipal water bill by nearly 25%. If Intelligent irrigation system can be adopted to more wide spread agricultural use, it will allow farmers to reduce costs, maintain optimal plant levels, and potentially increase plant production.
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