Energy management and automation service provider Schneider Electric said it is connecting more than 4,000 rural area weather stations across U.S. using its big data and IoT-enabled WeatherSentry platform.
With this move, the company aims to provide a more holistic view of rural weather patterns across the nation. The weather forecasting is expected to increase the efficiency, profitability, and output for the agricultural industry.
The WeatherSentry sensors capture field-level weather and soil conditions that are used to create accurate localized temperature and precipitation forecasts, alongside storm record archives and historical weather logs, Schneider Electric said in a press statement.
This will help farmers to assess and plan for the weather’s impact on day-to-day agriculture operations.
“Despite the many technological advancements made in agriculture in the past century, weather remains a high-cost, high-risk variable that impacts all corners of the industry,” said Ron Sznaider, Senior Vice President, Cloud Services, Schneider Electric.
WeatherSentry’s has a patented Geographic Information System (GIS) alerting system, which provides real-time data that allows farmers to plan crop locations, optimize water and soil usage and prioritize activity based on 15-day forecasts.
“We recognize the importance of big data and IoT technologies in mitigating climate change and solving one of the most critical challenges for our global farmers,” said Sznaider.
“The Internet of Things will revolutionize how we bring about sustainable food production and we are excited to be at the forefront of delivering the precision technologies that help meet this truly global need.”
Schneider Electric currently provides weather services to more than 100,000 agricultural industry customers worldwide. The company is also developing solutions to assess weather impacts on agriculture.