Vineyard & Orchard Solutions
The Harvest System is an Internet of Things (IoT) telemetry solution used to to help protect your crop and assist with efficient management of resources. Harvest systems use solar power and the cellular network to send data to the Harvest servers. Wireless UHF radio remotes can also be added to collect data from around the property. The live data can be viewed on a webpage using any computer or smartphone.
Harvest systems are typically set up to include weather sensors such as wind, rain, temperature and humidity so it then becomes a full weather station which will be set up to give 30 minute (or more frequent) updates to a Harvest web page. Once the temperature drops below 3°C the station updates the web site data every minute. Then at your (customisable) temperature thresholds text and voice call alarms are triggered. Parameters that are typically monitored include air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction, leaf wetness, and solar radiation (for evapotranspiration calculation).
Sensors can also be connected to wireless remotes to cover the most frost prone parts of the property. If any of these sensors drop below your frost alarm thresholds then text and voice messages will be sent to your list of phones. Frequent updates during frost conditions are particularly helpful for monitoring frost fighting equipment and seeing the results in real time.
Soil moisture and temperature sensors can be used to collect reliable real-time soil moisture readings from around the property. We are now predominantly using Acclima TDR and TDT sensors, installed at varying depths to give multi-level readings. You can read more about our soil moisture monitoring in our brochure and white paper, or contact us for more information.
For even further reading about soil moisture sensing technologies, see the Irrigation NZ soil moisture monitoring booklet.
Harvest devices can provide real-time readings and configurable alarms for water and irrigation systems. Common applications include flow meter monitoring (optional transfer of data to council), water tank level, well/bore level, pipe pressure, and pump control. Alarms (txt message, email, or voice call) can be set up for any of the measured values e.g. max daily water usage exceeded, low tank or bore level etc. Remote control can be a secure virtual switch on the Harvest web page or based on a measured value e.g. if block temperature drops below X°C, start the frost fighting pump.
Wind machine monitoring can be retro-fitted to provide online diagnostics and automated alarms for startup failure. Parameters that are typically monitored are status (on/off), battery voltage, RPM of the shaft, and wind speed. Once your customisable frost alarm thresholds are met, the data updates every minute. For more information about our wind machine monitoring, please contact us or see our brochure.