Soilsense Soil Sensor
SoilSense is an aerial moisture sensor that is capable of measuring soil moisture using soil moisture’s electromagnetic responses.
SoilSense is an aerial soil moisture sensor that provides a moisture map of a field/farm in minutes. The sensor measures soil moisture using electromagnetic pulses to detect the reflective qualities of moisture in the soil. By this process, the sensor is able to distinguish between moisture in leaves and soil moisture to provide accurate measurements. The data obtained from the sensor is used to manage the irrigation systems on fields/farms.
Small and medium-sized farms in countries like Peru.
SoilSense works with farmers, universities such as MIT and Technical University of Denmark, along with other agricultural organizations and corporate partners who seek to save water and improve the food-chain for small and medium-sized farmers.
Small and medium-sized farmers
The SoilSense sensors are built in Denmark.
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SoilSense soil sensor is a remote monitoring system that provides users with data on soil moisture, which is then used to manage the irrigation systems to ensure high food production while decreasing water usage. The sensor can be mounted on a drone to give a quick map of the field’s soil moisture. The algorithm used for the product allows for the data collected by the sensor to be delivered to a mobile phone or computer in real-time to enable farmers take actionable steps to ensure they are not over-irrigating their fields or leaving them too dry. SoilSense uses a long-range wireless technology which gives the sensor a wide range.
Currently, the manufacturers work together with their partners to run pilot tests.
The product helps to increase yield, reduce water usage and grow healthier crops.
In a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SoilSense was proven to enable farmers to irrigate their farms efficiently through its user-centered design.
There are no known safety risks linked to the use of this product.
The sensor works together with a software platform and a notification system.
Wong, J. C., 2018, Designing user-centered IoT solutions for small-scale and mid-scale farmers, Master of Science Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
González-Teruel, J. D., Torres-Sánchez, R., Blaya-Ros, P. J., Toledo-Moreo, A. B., Jiménez-Buendía, M., and Soto-Valles, F., 2019, Design and calibration of a low-cost SDI-12 soil moisture sensor. Sensors, 19(3), pp 491.
The sensor has been evaluated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for its efficacy in reducing water usage and improving crop yield.
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