The workflow management brings many benefits:
- Mapping of the growing areas with acquired data, including: type of plant, retention of soil moisture at different depth levels; time for water penetration depending on the type of soil, terrain configuration, weather conditions (temperature of the soil and air, humidity of the air), area location, lighting conditions, diseases, and date and time;
- Using available web and mobile applications, the staff can enter additional data in the database, like presence of diseases, pests, applied pesticides and other materials and treatment activities that have been undertaken during the growing season.
- Usage of third party knowledge data (like growing some particular plants in the same or similar growing environment or geographical regions); this kind of data could be shared with other agriculture growers, or purchased as an online subscription service from agribusiness consulting companies.
- Data analytics; The system continually store all acquired data from the probe sensors, and makes them available for interactive data browsing or usage in various reporting, graphical presentations, comparison of current with previous seasons (quantity and cost of water/fertilizer/energy per yield, per crop per day/month, total costs etc.).
- Built on historical data, Knowledgebase helps the agribusiness owners to make right decisions at right time and to find own ways to maximize the benefits, by refining their growing practices for increases of yield and quality, and disease reduction.
The Probe can read and write data to the NFC tags, usually attached to the probe by the staff working onsite.
The usage of the NFC tags could significantly automate the management of the plants growing processes. Using mobile smart devices (tablet, smartphone), the staff may record valuable data directly inside in the probes internal memory, or in the NFC tags attached to the probe.
This data may include the complete plant's profile, information like: type of plant, plant growing phase, type and quantity of fertilizer and water needed, time of last supply of water and fertilizer, location in the open field or greenhouse, and other specific data that may significantly improve the production and may be of great help for the staff.
This could be very helpful for greenhouses with large diversity of plants located at the same area.
How IntelliSTEM NFC option can be used for automation of work processes?
NFC (Near Field Communication) tags are present in various forms, like plastic cards, badges, self-adhesive labels, etc. They are devices that can be used for wireless reading and writing data in theirs internal memory by external NFC devices (like NFC module built-in the IntelliSTEM probe, tablets, smart phones, and other NFC enabled devices).
When NFC tag is placed close to NFC enabled device, the content in the NFC tag will be automatically copied in the external NFC device or updated in accordance to the operation need to be performed. NFC tags don’t need external electrical power (they are harvesting electrical energy from the radio waves from the NFC readers).
In general, NFC tags are used in conjunction with the probe for automation of the work processes (tasks) performed by the staff working in the growing areas (greenhouse, open field, etc.).
For example, when the staff plans to plant new crops in certain growing areas, they may simply copy all needed information (complete plant's profile, including needs for watering, fertilizers, pesticides and other tasks to be performed during the plant’s life cycle) to the IntelliSTEM probes already inserted before in the planting areas, using smart mobile device or NFC tags previously loaded with required data.
With this action, all relevant information about the plant or group of (same) plants placed in certain growing area is connected to a particular IntelliSTEM probe (each probe and NFC tag has own unique ID codes).
From that moment on, the staff working onsite, has possibility to access any relevant information about any plant in any growing area, just by touching (bringing close) theirs NFC enabled mobile devices to the IntelliSTEM probe.
As the tasks are performed and recorded in the probe’s memory or external NFC tag (manually entered records using mobile application, or automatically by the cloud solution integrated with the controlled irrigation/fertilization system), the staff always have up-to date information about the status of each task performed. In case of integrated cloud solution, all information from the NFC tags are also included in the online knowledge database and available for access remotely.
The major benefits: Automation of the growing processes, Increased Yields and Better Quality, and Cost savings.