Validation phase of an innovative platform for remote control and management systems for agricultural irrigation areas begins
three years of intense work, the IoT@AS project (Internet of Things
& AgroSpaces) is starting the validation phase of an innovative
open and intelligent platform for remote control and management systems
of agricultural irrigated areas, which solves the problems of
interoperability, efficiency and connectivity of existing systems.
Four Spanish companies (Egatel, Odin Solutions, Isotron and Tragsa) have collaborated in this project, with the financial support of the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) through the Feder-Innterconecta program.
The solutions obtained apply new communications technologies -including the Internet of Things (IoT) and interoperable protocols, and production cost to integrated and efficient water management and energy in agricultural environments. Its target areas are Galicia, Andalusia and Murcia, although it is proposed that the innovative solutions in the rest of Spain and marketable in the rest of the world. international.
Recently, the platform has been presented to the Irrigation Community Genil-Cabra, in Cordoba, in which the Genil-Cabra first field tests in which the first field tests have been deployed. of different partners (OdinS, Tragsa and Isotron) that will may be coordinated by an ‘interoperable software’ based on MEGA or NGSI/FIWARE developed by Tragsa and OdinS. Such remotes also offer the possibility of being connected to via new 5G and NB-IoT mobile networks (OdinS) and via satellite (EGATEL) as has been demonstrated for the pumping station in stations where there is no other type of pumping station. coverage.
To next June, new field tests will be carried out in the Community of Irrigators of Valle Inferior (Seville), in order to validate the solutions resulting from the project and further study their adaptability. to the needs of each community.
Need for modernization
The agriculture is one of the most important economic and social sectors in the world. Spain, where it accounts for more than 8% of GDP, as well as the Europe and most countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. From there the need for innovative solutions that will allow for a more efficient and effective efficient water management for irrigation, capable of coping with factors such as climate change and sustainability.
The The IoT@AS project was born in 2006 out of the realization that the current technological solutions do not fully meet the needs of the of the irrigation communities and limit their capacities by not allowing them to joint water and energy management.
A through the solutions obtained, framed within the challenge of the intelligent agriculture, the homogenization of the irrigation systems through the use of the irrigation system. MEGA standard, the implementation of technologies that allow for to collect data in real time to improve decision making. decisions and remote management through wireless technologies.