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Vineyards under control even over long distances

Paolo Marenghi, CEO of AURORAS, was interviewed by Barbara Righini for AgroNotizie, an important on-line magazine about agricultural news.

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VINEYARDS UNDER CONTROL EVEN OVER LONG DISTANCES

Monitoring vineyards on several plots, even distant or separated, for example from obstacles such as impressive hills or trees, is no longer a problem.

AURORAS, a company near Milan, has developed SAVE GRAPE, a decision support system that uses LoRaWan technology. It is a data transmission protocol that allows communication between wireless sensors and gateways over long distances (up to 20 kilometers)  even in the presence of significant obstacles.
This technology overcomes the problem of interference in a territory such as the heavily diverse and fragmented Italian territory.

SAVE GRAPE, through wireless sensors placed in the vineyards, keeps under control the specific microclimatic conditions. It measures the temperature and humidity of the air and soil, wind speed and direction, rainfall, light intensity, dew point, diameter growth and soil electrical conductivity. All data is transmitted real-time via a gateway to the Auroras service center. Once processed through algorithms studied by the company, the data is returned as organized information in the form of charts and tables, providing as well alerts on the likelihood of the development of fungal diseases or the need for irrigation or the risk of frost. The agricultural entrepreneur can access at results from devices such as computers, tablets or mobile phones.

The real news, however, is precisely the LoRaWan data transmission protocol. “The benefits of the SAVE GRAPE system – disclosed to AgroNotizie by Paolo Marenghi, CEO of Auroras – are: a long-range coverage and a stable transmission protocol. For 2017, we have a news: we will also implement monitoring of harmful insect attacks”.
The sensors are powered by an integrated photovoltaic panel for energy saving while wireless transmission makes the solution independent of Sim data.

According to Marenghi, the system is in the reach of everyone: “From the outset we have tried to cut costs to be “democratic”, meaning making the system accessible even to small vineyards: approximately from 2 hectares, you have the return on the investment already in  the second year. It obviously depends on the number of sensors and what you want to monitor.”

Find out more about SAVE GRAPE, the advanced monitoring system for vineyards, based on wireless sensors which use the LoRaWan transmission protocol.

This video is in Italian language.





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