Gold Exhibitors Wyld Networks to discuss sensor-to-satellite connectivity at REAP 2021
“Most agricultural land currently lies on the 85% of the earth that doesn’t have cellular connectivity,” explains Eric Hewitson, Business Development Manager, Wyld Networks. The company is a Gold Exhibitor at REAP 2021 and will use that opportunity to discuss how enabling sensors to connect via satellite will be beneficial.
“At the moment if farmers want to use a sensor and transmit data to the cloud for analysis, they may have to install a wireless (LoRaWAN) network on the farm. However, they will still need to have access to broadband or mobile data. As well as sensors, additional costly infrastructure in the form of gateways is required which rely on line of sight between sensor and gateway. Such a network requires significant power and the whole network needs to be installed and managed – so a huge investment of time and hardware.”
Eric explains that the new generation of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites will very soon provide near global connectivity, and this will offer a huge opportunity to deploy sensors in remote areas – such as the fens – where there is little cellular coverage.
“Wyld Networks are developing connectivity solutions that send data directly to LEO satellites – at low cost, low energy and minimal investment. We are looking forward to talking about this at REAP 2021.”
The LEO satellites pass overhead daily – an array of 24 of these LEO-satellites would give hourly data coverage. This low-cost data suddenly opens the doors for a range of applications and opportunities for sensor developers and their customers.
Wyld Networks became a member of Agri-TechE after being inspired by the Agriculture 101 event, explains Eric: “I attended Ag101 a few years ago – it’s a fantastic opportunity to get together with early-stage agri-tech companies, and people both inside and outside farming. It’s a great community looking at technology to solve key issues in agriculture such as increasing yields and improving biodiversity and sustainability.
In the company’s next step as a Gold Exhibitor at REAP 2021, Eric is looking forward to meeting sensor developers, agronomists and farmers with an interest in deploying, and finding new use cases for remote data collection.
REAP 2021: Changing Time(s) for Agriculture – 10th November 2021
Imagine a world where agriculture is not constrained by time. The ability to manage and manipulate time is increasing and REAP 2021 will explore the advances in technology and breakthroughs in science that is making this possible.
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