Glas Data will be showcasing its innovative data management platform, and explaining the benefits of collecting data by using sensors, at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event, which is taking place online for the first time.

Fieldays is New Zealand’s main agricultural show, and is the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Covid-19 means that the 2020 event will take place online from 13 – 26 July. Fieldays Online will include live and on-demand TV, webinars, articles, exclusive deals and more.

Glas Data will be one of the exhibitors at Fieldays, as part of the UK agritech showcase on the Great Britain and Northern Ireland virtual stand. The virtual stand is being organised by the Department of International Trade.

“We attended Fieldays in New Zealand last year as part of the DTI delegation and it was an incredible few days. I was blown away by the scale of the event and the appetite for technology among the farmers and food producers we met,” says Glas Data’s Colin Phillipson.

“We are looking forward to being part of the online event this year, along with other UK agritech businesses. One of the themes of Fieldays this year is innovation and that is a perfect fit for us.”

Low power, long range sensors are perfect for large farms

At Fieldays Online, Glas Data will be highlighting the benefits of LoRaWAN (long range, low power sensors) and Internet of Things technology. Glas Data works with Internet of Things installer Ver Facil.

“Sensors equipped with LoRaWAN technology are perfect for use on large farms, like many of the farms in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere, because of their long range,” explains Colin Phillipson.

“The sensors communicate with each other through the Internet of Things, and relay data using an antenna installed on the farm. Another advantage of this type of sensors is that its batteries don’t need to be changed very often. Depending on the type of sensor and what it is being used for, batteries will last anywhere from two to ten years.”

Sensors can be used in a variety of farms from dairy to egg production, monitoring everything from bulk milk tank temperature to the amount of animal feed being used. Animal health can also be monitored through a sensor used inside a cow’s rumen which monitors temperature, pH and activity levels, even when the cow is out in the field.

Avoiding data fatigue with a unified dashboard

With technology rapidly evolving, the amount of data which can be collected on a farm is increasing. A significant issue is the risk of data overload, where the farmer feels overwhelmed with the data and what to do with it. Glas Data has been working on a solution and will be demonstrating its GlasCore dashboard at Fieldays.

“Data is only useful if a farmer or food producer can use it to make decisions which will make their business more productive. The huge increase in data available is challenging for farmers, who have limited time to spend deciphering and analysing data,” says Colin Phillipson.

The GlasCore dashboard brings all of the data about a farm together into one screen, which can be viewed on the go, on a phone or tablet.

“The beauty of this platform is that there is no need for multiple apps, or for the farmer to spend a long time manually inputting data or trying to make sense it. The system can be set up to display exactly what the farmer needs to make decisions. Automatic alerts can also be set up, to let farmers know when they need to take action,” adds Colin Phillipson.

Using LoRaWAN sensors and the GlasCore dashboard brings many benefits. Mundane tasks and processes can be automated, allowing farmers to focus their time on the things that will make their farm more productive. Real time monitoring and alerts will bring cost savings, by allowing farmers to react quickly to issues. Monitoring, recording and controlling processes will also help farms to become more efficient and productive, getting more from their resources.

To explore Fieldays Online register here. Visit the British High Commission Wellington page to see how the UK is leading agri-tech innovation and find the innovative companies behind this.