Smart agriculture partnership brings HaLow IoT solution to farmers

June 04, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Smart agriculture partnership brings HaLow IoT solution to farmers
IoT-enabled Wi-Fi SoC maker Newracom (Lake Forest, CA) and IoT solutions provider BeatCraft (Tokyo Japan) have announced a partnership aimed at deploying various intelligent agriculture applications using an IoT solution based on the IEEE 802.11ah (HaLow) standard.

The partnership is designed to address what the companies say is increasing demand for outdoor long-range connectivity technology for Smart Agriculture, especially from the livestock monitoring industry. Attaching IoT sensors to livestock such as cows, sheep, and poultry using collar tags will allow location tracking and help monitor livestock by keeping track of physical activities - an essential task for farmers.

With this in mind, say the companies, Newracom is offering its 802.11ah Wi-Fi SoC (NRC7292) and Wi-Fi SOC module (NRM7292M) to BeatCraft, which will deploy an 802.11ah embedded module on the latest Raspberry Pi 3-compatible I/O connector for rapid prototyping and testing of wireless devices. BeatCraft's module is a complete hardware and software platform for creating or evaluating wireless sensors, controllers, and actuators based on Newracom's Wi-Fi module.

A software development tool is also provided that enables users to develop and operate the customized software that can be best fitted with each use case in smart agriculture.

"With HaLow's benefit of long-range coverage and higher data rate, BeatCraft and Newracom are leading the agriculture technology revolution," says Dr. Sok Kyu Lee, CEO at Newracom. "Smart farming using HaLow will promote farming practices that would improve profitability for farmers, private entities, and even human life."

Dr. Masashi Takemoto, CEO at BeatCraft adds, "We are a pioneer to introduce world's first 11ah solution in the smart agriculture industry. Our HaLow solution will be momentum to accelerate the emergence of various use cases such as field management, equipment tracking, greenhouse farming, energy and water conservation."


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