We have been hearing for quite some time about the IoT making significant contributions to the agriculture industry. And while there have been some solutions introduced to help farmers better monitor farming conditions, most if not all, have been limited in their capabilities. One company recently introduced a farming solution that is easy to install, yet offers a comprehensive set of services to the agricultural community. The article that follows provides the details on this new solution and the benefits that it brings to farmers.
Four years ago, I spoke with Adam Wolf, then the CEO of Arable, which was building a connected device designed to help farmers manage their irrigation and improve crop yields. Its device — the Arable Mark — was launched in 2017. It contained sensors to measure rainfall, temperature, wind, humidity, and more so it could advise farmers when to water their fields.
Wolf is now the chief scientist at Arable, which has just released the second generation of its connected sensor, the Mark 2. In addition to providing weather insights, the new version embeds a multispectral camera, solar radiation sensors, and crop data into a cellular-connected device that farmers can install themselves. Arable has also expanded its product line so it can act as an all-in-one advisor to farmers.
I’ve been a fan of IoT in the agricultural world for years, so I was excited to see Arable’s maturation, but also curious what the company had learned after three years of conducting literal field tests in 40 countries. The Arable Mark 2 is rolling out now (the coronavirus has delayed the production a bit), and Wolf shared with me three things that Arable learned — and changed — from one design to the next.