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The Benefits of Edge Computing in Wireless Agricultural Technology

Precision agriculture is driven by the systematic collection of data to monitor farm conditions in real-time. The deployment of visual analytics and machine learning algorithms enables the prediction and optimization of resource management, as well as the regulation and automation of farm vehicles and machinery.

The integration of these technologies into a seamless solution necessitates a sophisticated, secure, fast, and dependable communications infrastructure capable of supporting multiple protocols.

Edge Computing has become a critical element in the deployment of wireless networks for precision agriculture. Processing critical data at the edge can substantially increase efficiency, enhance productivity, lower energy consumption, and minimize the costs associated with water usage for irrigation.

Key Advantages of Edge Computing in Precision Agriculture:

  • Localized Data Management: Edge computing allows local collection and storage of data at the point of origin.
  • Immediate Data Analysis: It enables the on-site processing of data, which reduces latency when compared to cloud-based alternatives.
  • Enhanced Connectivity: Edge computing streamlines how devices connect to networks and process essential data as well as increase the number of supported devices and protocols.
  • Enhanced Security: Edge computing enhances security by limiting the exposure of sensitive data to the internet and minimizing the risk of data breaches & cyberattacks.
  • Lowered Ownership Costs: By combining processing, connectivity, security, and storage, the need for duplicate networks is reduced, leading to savings in both capital expenditure (CapEx) and operational expenditure (OpEx).

Veea's Role in Edge Computing and Precision Agriculture

Veea Edge Computing platform is a pioneering solution that transforms connectivity at the edge through an open, versatile multi-application platform.

  • VeeaHubs for Agriculture: These hubs enable on-site data collection, processing, and analytical capabilities, which diminish latency and data theft risks. They allow growers to make immediate decisions based on real-time data – either from the field or in a greenhouse. VeeaHubs also have a store-and-forward feature to maintain functionality during intermittent network disruptions.
  • Connectivity Options: The Veea Edge Platform supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread, and LoRaWAN, providing a wide range of device connectivity options. The platform also supports several WAN connectivity options – including 4G/5G, CBRS and Fiber – along with secure trust domains support through Veea Trusted Broadband Access. vTBA is a cost-effective method to deploy ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage quickly across underserved coverage areas, featuring edge enforced usage and security policies.
  • Data Capture and Integration: Veea's technology captures data at the edge and integrates it with cloud services, bolstering trust and connectivity. vTBA can also be deployed to slice the network into device-specific trust domains, further increasing the security of the network and privacy.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: VeeaHubs combine several functions into a single unit, acting as edge "micro-data centers" that significantly benefit edge computing deployments. They reduce both Capex and Opex by negating the need for multiple networks and devices such as IoT gateways, Wi-Fi networks, and cloud servers.

To make precision agriculture an affordable, scalable, and reliable reality, Veea is partnering with Microclimates – developers of a universal control system that monitors energy, temperature, humidity, CO2, watering and ambient light – amongst others – to provide 24/7 monitoring and alerts. Microclimates chose Veea because of advanced connectivity options provided by VeeaHub family – including LoRaWAN gateway support.

This partnership brings the best of both teams to provide a unique solution that can solve pressing issues such as food scarcity by providing an all-in-one solution that can transform any farm into a ‘Smart Farm.’

According to Microclimates Founder and CEO Neda Vaseghi: “This collaboration empowers us to deploy LoRaWAN wireless sensors and control mechanisms seamlessly across diverse operational settings.” She continues by adding, “With modular and open software and sensor applications, we instrument the environmental automation for everything from lighting to irrigation, nutrient dosing, predictive alerting, and data-driven solutions. Given the global need for food security and safety, and the increasing importance of indoor farming, especially in the regions hardest-hit by climate change including droughts, floods, wildfires and more, this team has built and proven a repeatable solution that can make a world of difference in the years to come.”

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