In the modern agricultural landscape, tracking and monitoring farm equipment and assets is essential for ensuring safety, preventing theft, and optimizing operations. Traditional methods of manually keeping track of equipment and people can be time-consuming and prone to errors. However, with advanced technology like the Internet of Things (IoT), farm equipment tracking has become more accurate, efficient, and reliable. Using IoT technology, let’s explore the benefits and features of farm equipment tracking.
Accurate Location Tracking
One of the critical advantages of IoT-based farm equipment tracking is the ability to obtain real-time and accurate location information. By utilizing IoT devices such as Personal Location Devices (PLDs), farmers can track the precise location of individuals, equipment, and vehicles across their properties. This enables them to locate resources quickly, ensure safety during emergencies, and optimize the allocation of assets.
Farms often have valuable assets like vehicles, machinery, and tools that must be carefully monitored and protected around the property. IoT-based asset tracking systems allow farmers to keep tabs on their assets at all times. In case of theft or misplacement, a personal alarm/alert system can be activated to locate missing assets and prevent financial losses promptly.
How It Works
IoT-based farm equipment tracking solutions typically combine a digital twin and IoT devices. The digital twin is a virtual representation of the farm, including its layout, equipment, and infrastructure. IoT devices, such as PLDs, are deployed across the farm and are connected to the digital twin. These devices transmit real-time data about their location, status, and other relevant information to the digital twin. Farmers can easily access this information through a user-friendly software interface, allowing them to monitor and track their farm equipment and assets.
IoT and Telstra Cat M1 Network
Partnerships with telecommunications providers are crucial to ensure reliable communication and connectivity in rural areas. For instance, AirAgri has partnered with Telstra Cat M1 network, specifically designed for IoT applications. This low-power, wide-area network provides cost-effective and secure connectivity for IoT devices. With extensive coverage across Australia, the Telstra Cat M1 network enables farmers to track their equipment and assets even in remote locations.
In conclusion, implementing IoT-based farm equipment tracking systems offers numerous benefits to farmers and agricultural businesses. Accurate location tracking of equipment and assets enhances safety, prevents theft, and improves operational efficiency. By leveraging IoT technology and partnerships with reliable networks like the Telstra Cat M1 network, farmers can have real-time visibility into their resources and make data-driven decisions for better farm management. As technology advances, IoT-based farm equipment tracking will play an increasingly important role in driving the agriculture industry’s safety, productivity, and profitability.