The “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) is driving efficiencies in large agricultural farming primarily by helping reduce the use of water. As a result of the severe drought from 2012 – 2016 in the western United States, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which created new regulations that establish a framework for sustainable local groundwater management. SGMA affects landowners, agriculture enterprises, and all water agencies in California with the goal of bringing basins back to balanced levels of pumping and recharge. These new regulations impose pumping restrictions as well as management reporting requirements that are ideal for next generation well monitoring solutions. IIoT systems can help counteract numerous risk factors the agriculture industry faces by introducing a reliable low-cost solution at a fraction of the cost that traditional monitoring devices have been offering for many years.
In addition to water shortages, higher energy prices have changed the crops grown in California. California farms have shifted from growing low-value commodity crops like cotton to ones that have higher income like almonds, wine grapes, pistachios, walnuts, and pomegranates. A shift to better-paying crops with lower drought resistance, along with higher water prices, have created the incentive for farmers to invest in water-efficient IIoT technologies.
Historically, well site monitoring was costly to deploy requiring multiple boxes for data collection as well as labor-intensive installations that take can take several days to complete. Machfu simplifies the process of deploying systems and collecting data in the cloud. A single gateway box integrates all aspects of data collection and connectivity with the cloud. The self-provisioning IIoT Gateway and standards based wireless sensors reduce the time to deploy from several days to less than two hours.
The Machfu Gateway functionality enables rapid and cost effective cloud based monitoring of agriculture well site operations to meet new EPA regulations, manage water usage, and lower overall operational cost. The gateway has the unique ability to integrate data from legacy equipment and modern sensors in a manner that simplifies systems integration significantly reducing installation and maintenance costs while providing high value to end customers.
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