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Sol Chip’s Solar Tag For Precision Agriculture and Smart Irrigation

Sol Chip Comm enables data-driven optimizations for reducing water consumption and improving crop yields.

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Sol Chip, an innovative provider of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and energy harvesting solutions, has announced the introduction of its Sol Chip Comm™ autonomous, wireless, solar tag for enabling precision agriculture and smart irrigation.

The Sol Chip Comm (SCC) device is an ultra-compact, maintenance-free, solar-powered, wireless tag. SCC powers, controls and wirelessly connects a wide variety of sensors to the Cloud.

In precision agriculture and smart irrigation applications, SCC feeds real-time data readings from up to hundreds of agriculture-related sensors, including those that monitor soil moisture, soil temperature, ambient temperature, air temperature, nutrients levels and more, into a precision agriculture application server. This essential data gathered by SCC is analyzed by a precision agriculture application in order to make data-driven adjustments for optimizing water and fertilization consumption and improving crop yields.

Sol-Chip and its new SCC device significantly lower the barrier for the adoption of precision agriculture and smart irrigation. Based on Sol Chip’s innovative energy harvesting technology, SCC is solar-powered and designed to operate continuously for more than ten years with no maintenance requirements. As a wireless device, SCC eliminates the significant costs and time associated with deploying and maintaining wires to connect the deployed sensors. SCC’s small size makes the product easy to install and move around any agriculture-related environment, while being unobtrusive and not prone to theft. In addition, the low cost of SCC makes the deployment of wireless sensors for agriculture purposes to be financially accessible.

“Precision agriculture is definitely the future of agriculture,” said Avi Schweitzer, CTO at Netafim, the global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions. “Sol Chip has the right approach that will turn the promises of precision agriculture and smart irrigation into reality.”

“With our LightBattery™ technology, Sol Chip is uniquely positioned to realize our vision of enabling billions of autonomous IoT devices for many different market sectors in a way that is cost effective and environmentally sustainable,” explained Dr. Shani Keysar, founder and CEO of Sol Chip. “Our new SCC device clearly demonstrates these qualities for precision agriculture and smart irrigation and we are working on more applications for additional market sectors.”

In addition to precision agriculture and smart irrigation, Sol Chip’s SCC device can be applied to smart cities, smart grids, asset tracking and similar applications.

Sol Chip is currently offering an evaluation kit for precision agriculture and smart irrigation, which includes two SCC solar tags, two sensors, a wireless gateway, all the necessary accessories, access to third party web server and support. The components of the evaluation kit are pre-integrated, enabling the evaluation kit to be rapidly deployed for testing in an open field or greenhouse.

IoT devices for agriculture represent a huge opportunity for Australia. According to a September 2016 report commissioned by StartupAus, Australia’s agricultural exports amount to $43 billion and the agricultural industry is expected to be valued at $100 billion by 2030. Australia’s agricultural productivity growth rate is currently at 1.4 percent, below the world average.