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Precision agriculture applied in avocado crops located in The Caral Estate

The use of sensors connected wirelessly to the cloud allows cost savings in avocado plantations located in Supe, Barranca (Peru).

An Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution was deployed in avocado fields to develop precision agriculture. This system allows agricultural producers to obtain data to better control crop growth, prevent losses caused by adverse weather conditions or infectious pests, and thus facilitate the return on investment.

The Avocado plantations are in the initial growth phase and will take 3 years to fully cultivate. During this time, Fundo Caral aims to remotely monitor the humidity, temperature, conductivity, and soil pH every 20 minutes.

Obtaining this data will provide crucial information for decision-making in water resource management (water consumption) and fertilizer usage. This data is stored on a cloud platform and plays a pivotal role in ensuring efficient resource management.

Technological solution
The communications protocol used is called LoRaWAN, and allows the installed sensors to consume little energy, with a battery life of 5 to 10 years (depending on the interval of sending readings).

Convergia’s solution also increased communication coverage in the open field, with 10 km between the devices and gateway. The gateway requires a backhaul communication to the internet via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or in this case, by a mobile network (2G/3G/4G). For this project, Convergia’s CxC SIM was used as a mobile network, which provides data packages designed for IoT applications.

The sensors were installed at different depths (20, 40 and 60 cm) to measure humidity, starting from a point close to the surface to below the root of the crops.

Market Partner
This project was carried out by our Market Partner, Zeit, a software development company with more than 7 years of experience in the market.

About Zeit:
Since 2015, ZEIT PERU has been committed to efficiently offering consulting services in Information Technology (Cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Robotic Process Automation, IT Infrastructure), software development, marketing of Microsoft licenses and Outsourcing IT personnel.

Zeit Peru continues this through innovative technology and qualified personnel with extensive experience in delivering services and solutions to clients from different industries. The support of our alliances with the best technology brands worldwide allows Zeit Peru to focus on the continuous improvement of their processes and meeting applicable regulatory requirements.