• Farming, SCADA, WaterForce, Water management

    Improving agricultural efficiency and sustainability

    An innovative, industrial IoT solution from WaterForce unites Microsoft Azure with EcoStruxure™ Industry to bring effective water management to farmers.

  • WaterForce customer story Partnering for sustainable success

    To meet the growing need for effective irrigation, WaterForce developed SCADAfarm – an integrated automation and information management platform built on EcoStruxure Industry and Microsoft Azure technologies. With more control and visibility into operations, farmers are reporting up to 50% energy savings in the first season.

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    The Challenge

    Critical resource: Agriculture accounts for nearly 70% of the world’s water consumption. By 2050, it is predicted that water demand will need to increase by 55% to support the food requirements of our growing global population. Water is a finite resource, so optimizing its usage is essential.

    Cost-effective approach: Farmers operate in an extremely cost- sensitive and labour- intensive environment. Taking advantage of new technologies is critical to remain competitive and keep operating costs to a minimum.

    Advanced capabilities: The solution was required to automate the irrigation system, provide visibility of system status and performance, and help reduce the burden of compliance. In addition, it needed to be simple to set up and easy to use, without the need for heavy IT overheads or large capital expenditure (CapEx).

    Industrial efficiency and sustainability: To make their vision a reality, WaterForce needed deep industrial domain experience; an open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system with support for edge control and industrial analytics; plus, a shared commitment to energy management and sustainability.

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    The Solution

    Connectivity and Efficiency with EcoStruxure™
       Apps, Analytics & Services :
    Industrial information management, mobile applications
       Edge control : SCADA, remote telemetry units (RTUs)
       Connected products : Variable speed drives, radios

    Innovation At Every Level: Powered by EcoStruxure Industry, SCADAfarm is an integrated automation and information management platform that delivers farmers real-time visibility into system status and performance – anywhere, anytime and on any device – for better, faster decisions and more effective irrigation.

    Scalable for growth: The solution is infinitely scalable to adapt to their ever-changing requirements. System updates are handled seamlessly through the cloud, so there is no IT burden for farmers.

    Complete water management portal: SCADAfarm helps farmers monitor and control irrigation systems spread over a wide geographical area and multiple properties. It gives complete access to irrigation and wastewater systems from anywhere in the world via smartphone, tablet or PC. Farmers can turn water on and off, set pivot speed and direction, check water pressure and soil moisture levels, change watering depth, and more – all at the touch of a button.

    New business opportunities: Increased visibility into data is not just a benefit for farmers, but for WaterForce too. As the solution builder, WaterForce are now able to offer a range of new value-added services such as remote monitoring, troubleshooting and fault diagnosis, and even benchmarking studies.

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    “With information at my fingertips, my farm is more productive, water and energy costs are lower and crop yields higher. I’d struggle now to live without it.”
    Craig Blackburn
    Direct/ Farm Manager, Blackhills Farm, New Zealand

    The Results

    WaterForce has already installed the plug-and-play SCADAfarm remote monitoring and control technology on dozens of Valley Center Pivots. Recorded benefits to date include:

    • Improved operational performance and crop yields
    • Saved time by allowing farmers to view equipment status from anywhere, anytime, and on any device, instead of driving for hours to check on valuable irrigation equipment
    • Enhanced safety procedures by pre-setting safe stop locations for pivots in case of high winds and providing the ability to stop equipment remotely should someone need to enter the irrigation field
    • Significant energy savings, for example. one farm recorded a 50% reduction in energy costs in the first season, by shifting irrigation behaviour and taking advantage of off-peak energy rates
    • Better management of water and wastewater across the farm, and easier compliance with regulatory requirements

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