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Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring

Product description

Strawberry Monitoring


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Why Deepfield® Connect - Strawberry Monitoring?

Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring monitors and provides assistance in:

Frost

Austrian farmers were hit especially hard in 2016. End of April temperatures unexpextedly dropped to -2.5 °C bis -6 °C [1]. Completely caught off guard, farmers could only react in the second night.
This will not happen again with Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring . The system measures air temperature and humidity and calculates the wet bulb temperature. If the value exceeds a certain threshold an alarm is triggered. You can set the threshold yourself in order to initiate the necessary countermeasures such as frost irrigation or fleece covering.

Overheating

Covering can easily lead to overheating in spring. Heat stress reduces fruit size [2] as well as yield. Timely tunnel ventilation and removal of the covers at temperatures above 26°C greatly reduces this risk.
Therefore Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring warns against high temperatures and facilitates fleece management in order to maximize your yield.

Irrigation/Water management

Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring brakes new ground in soil moisture measurement. Instead of just providing a mere number representing a value that has little real information value the farmer can teach his proven "gut feeling" to the system. This enables the farmer to directly continue to work with his proven experience. There is no need to adjust to new and non-transferable indices such as volumetric water content.
The system alerts you if the soil is too dry or too wet.
The trend history enables you to further improve your irrigation management and to optimize plant provision.

Diseases

The at times high humidity unter the fleece/foil cover or in the tunnel can significantly raise fungal infection strain. But to avoid unpleasant surprises, the humidity values should also be monitored in open fields.
For doing so Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring measures and documents the humidity right next to the strawberry plant. This documentation is a vital part for your own risk evaluation and for the implementation of your in-house strategies for risk minimization.

Fleece management

Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring assists your fleece management by measuring the air temperature above and under the fleece. This serves to determine the best time to remove the fleece/foil covering. The best time to remove the covers is when the temperature above the cover exceeds the temperature below.

Your benefits

  • Protect/Ensure your harvest:
    • in case of frost
    • in case of overtemperature under covering
    • in case of excessive humidity and high disease risk
    • if the soil is too dry or too wet
  • No more manual measurements required
  • All fields at a glance, any time and anywhere/whenever and wherever
  • Easy to operate: place sensors, install App - done!
  • All inclusive carefree package - no topping up of SIM card neccessary, can be cancelled annually
  • Learn to understand your fields
  • Any number of App installations possible for your employees
  • Data sharing with your Advisor possible

How does Strawberry Monitoring? work?

In the high-end configuration "Premium Soil" Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring measures air temperature and humidity next to the strawberry plant, the air temperature above the fleece and the soil moisture. The Gateway tramsmits the obtained data to your smartphone, using the Bosch Cloud (see figure 1). The measurement and transmission frequency is dependent on the temperature change rate next to the strawberry plant.
If the air temperature is in the critical range [3], measurements take place every 10 minutes. A transmission takes place if the difference between the actual measurement value and its preceeding value is more than 0,5°C. Outside the critical temperature range measurements take place every 30 minutes, a transmission of these values to the Bosch cloud is then carried out every 60 minutes.
You can retrieve the data anywhere and anytime using our App on your smartphone or tablet. This enables you to come to the right decision and to forward instructions directly to your employees. You can also enable employees or advisors to see your measurement values.

Figure 1: Function of " Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring

When a preset threshold is exceeded you will be notified by an alarm message. This can be the case in frost, overheating, excessive humidity or if the soil is too dry/too wet.
Data transmission is active between March 1st and August 31st each year as long as the contract is running.
The customer has to make sure that the device, on which he views his sensor data, is connected to the internet.
The following app screenshots with sample data illustrate the functions described above:


Screenshots

  • The field overview shows the measurement data of all installed sensors at a glance. Product variant "Premium Soil" features soil moisture, dry and wet bulb temperature next to the plant and dry temperature and humidity above the fleece/foil cover.

  • The detail view of the field shows variant specific sensor values. In this case the sensor values of product variant "Premium Soil" are shown. The GPS built-in the gateway enables a site-specific two-day weather forecast.

  • All measurement values are displayed as curves in the history view. The view type can be changed between daily-, weekly or monthly view.

  • Customizable alarm settings for the different sensors.

  • Systems management page displays the battery charging state and the GSM reception quality for all installed sensors.

 

How can I get Strawberry Monitoring?

You can rent Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring in our Webshop . Preorder now for the 2017 season.
The annual service charge depends on the functional extent of the chosen product variant, see table 1.

Product variantFunctionDelivery contentsAnnual service charge
"Basic"
  • Alarm in case of excessive humidity
  • Alarm in case of frost and overheating
  • Ventilation management assistance
  • 1 x Deepfield Gateway
  • 1 x Weather-protection housing with built-in temperature and humidity sensor
  • Unlimited app access
319€
"Basic Soil"
  • Alarm in case of excessive humidity
  • Alarm in case soil is too dry or too wet
  • Alarm in case of frost and overheating
  • Ventilation management assistance
  • 1 x Deepfield Gateway
  • 1 x Weather-protection housing with built-in temperature and humidity sensor
  • 1 x Soil moisture sensor
  • Unlimited app access
349€
"Premium"
  • Alarm in case of excessive humidity
  • Alarm in case of frost and overheating
  • Ventilation management assistance
  • Fleece management assistance
  • 1 x Deepfield Gateway
  • 1 x Weather-protection housing with built-in temperature and humidity sensor
  • 1 x Additional weather-protection housing with built-in temperature sensor
  • Unlimited app access
379€
"Premium Soil"
  • Alarm in case of excessive humidity
  • Alarm in case of frost and overheating
  • Ventilation management assistance
  • Alarm in case soil is too dry or too wet
  • Fleece management assistance
  • 1 x Deepfield Gateway
  • 1 x Weather-protection housing with built-in temperature and humidity sensor
  • 1 x Additional weather-protection housing with built-in temperature sensor
  • 1 x Soil moisture sensor
  • Unlimited app access
409€

Table 1: Pricing model

Mobile network charges, usage fees for the app as well as system replacement in case of malfunction are included in the annual service charge as listed for the respective product variant. The battery of the gateway is designed for a lifetime of four years of operation and is monitored by BOSCH Deepfield® Robotics. Once the battery is empty a new Deepfield® Gateway is shipped to you and you’re requested to send back the old one.
The following photo gallery gives a detailed description of the product variants available:

Figure 2: Product variant "Basic": Air temperature and humidity are measured directly next to the strawberry plant. If preset thresholds are exceeded an alarm is issued. This can be due to frost, overheating or excessive humidity near the plant.

Figure 3: Product variant "Basic": In addition to that the historic sensor values for air temperature and humidity can be displayed in curves in order to further assist in ventilation management.

Figure 4: Product variant "Basic Soil": Features the functionality of product variant "Basic" and additionally measures soil moisture. If the soil moisture exceeds preset minimum or maximum threshold values an alarm is issued.

Figure 5: Product variant "Basic Soil": The trend history enables you to further improve your irrigation management and to optimize plant provision.

Figure 6: Product variant "Premium": Air temperature and humidity are measured directly next to the strawberry plant as well as above the fleece/foil covering. If preset thresholds are exceeded an alarm is issued. This can be due to frost, overheating or excessive humidity near the plant.

Figure 7: Product variant "Premium": In addition to that the system not only assists in ventilation management by displaying historic sensor data in curves, but also facilitates the decision when to remove the fleece/covering.

Figure 8: Product variant "Premium Soil": Features the functionality of product variant "Premium" and additionally measures soil moisture. If the soil moisture exceeds preset minimum or maximum threshold values an alarm is issued.

Figure 9: Product variant "Premium Soil": The trend history enables you to further improve your irrigation management and to optimize plant provision.

How do I install Strawberry Monitoring?

Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring can be installed very easily by following these five steps:

1. Download and install the Strawberry Monitoring app
2. Activate the sensor systems within the app using the imprinted serial numbers
3. Connect the sensor cable to the gateway unit
4. Switch on the Deepfield Gateway using the provided magnet
5. Place the sensor(s) on the field

After completing these steps the system is installed and activated and starts collecting and recording sensor data. In order for this data to be transmitted Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring requires a cellular data connection. This is a prerequisite for the usage of the system.

Rental conditions

All hardware, including all sensors and the Deepfield Gateway remain property of Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH and have to be returned after the expiration or cancellation of the contract.

In case of hardware damage caused by the customer he will be charged for the replacement. For the replacement of the Deepfield Gateway the customer will be charged 610 € (shipping included). For the replacement of the temperature/humidity sensor TRH the customer will be charged 290 € (shipping included). For the replacement of the soil moisture sensor the customer will be charged 190 € (shipping included). For the replacement of the transmitter cable the customer will be charged 50 € (shipping included).

Hardware description

Table 2 shows the technical data of the Gateway as well as of the sensors. The maximum possible cable lengths of Gateway and sensors are shown in figure 10.

Table 2: Technical details

Figure 10: Maximum cable lengths

Important information

Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring can only provide spot measurements of temperatures, humidity and soil moisture and has an assistance function only!
Therefore the measured sensor values are only valid for the immediate surroundings of the sensor. The soil temperature values depend on soil composition, soil moisture, geographic alignment of the field, shadowing and other external factors. The interpretation of the measurement data as well as the implementation of appropriate counter-measures lies solely within the responsibility of the customer.
Measurement errors can be caused by certain conditions, e.g. due to strong direct sunlight or in extremely dusty conditions.

System malfunction can be caused by damage (e.g. rodent bite damage to the cables or other external influences). Deepfield Connect® - Strawberry Monitoring must be protected from contact with chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers.



Literature

[1] https://stmk.lko.at/?+Presse+&id;=2500,,1348321,3204
[2] https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10214/6579/Chen_Dianlong_201304_Msc.pdf?sequence=1
[3] Wet bulb temperature < 5 °C or air temperature > 25 °C