WaterForce

WaterForce partnered with AVEVA to develop an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) remote monitoring and control system in the cloud.

WaterForce

WaterForce partnered with AVEVA to develop an industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) remote monitoring and control system in the cloud that allows farmers to operate irrigation pivots with greater agility, efficiency and sustainability.

Goals

  • To build a complete water management portal that would allow farmers to remotely monitor and control critical irrigation systems for increased operational efficiency, improved water and energy efficiency, and better compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Maximize existing equipment and leverage cloud and IIoT technologies to deliver an always-up-to-date view of critical irrigation systems

Challenges

  • Find a technology vendor that could help WaterForce build and deliver a scalable, robust, and futureproof IIoT solution covering everything from connected devices, control, and analytics
  • Irrigation pumps and pivots are remote and isolated so the cloud-platform has to deal with possible network outages and late-coming data

Results

  • Increased visibility of irrigation system performance and status – for both farmers and WaterForce
  • More efficient and effective water use
  • Farmers report up to 50% reduction in energy costs in first season
  • Remote monitoring means farmers save significant time driving to inspect assets
  • As the solution builder (OEM), WaterForce can now offer additional value-add services such as fault diagnosis and performance benchmarking

Most farms are not built to handle large software installations. Using a lightweight, cloud solution with mobile capabilities has been key to expanding IoT capabilities to these farms. . Ron McFetridge, Director, WaterForce

 

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