Can you spot the tulip fields in the following satellite images?
The amount of land dedicated to growing bulbs in the Netherlands has soared by almost 75% in the last 35 years. Most bulbs are grown in the sandy soils of Noord-Holland but the Drenthe, Flevoland, and Overijssel regions are quickly catching up. There are more than 400 tulip growers in the Netherlands. The Dutch tulip sector will break the two billion flower barrier this year for the first time according to the Royal General Bulb Growers’ Association (KAVB). These are a lot of tulips, so many that we should be able to spot them from the space.
IoT Sweden and CyStellar join forces to offer IoT and remote sensing solutions for precision agriculture
Stockholm, Sweden, August 3, 2017 – IoT Sweden, the Swedish Sigfox radio network operator for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a global partnership with CyStellar, a big-data solution company, representing another step forward in maximizing the benefits of IoT for precision agriculture applications.
The partnership will combine Sigfox’s network technology that enables simple, low-powered, ultra-low-cost devices to wirelessly connect to the internet with CyStellar’s intelligent data-fusion platform technology to target applications in the area of precision agriculture (crops and farms management, vineyards and wine production, aquaculture and sustainable seafood production) and food safety and traceability.CyStellar offers precision agriculture cloud-based solutions that integrates geo-referenced information from a variety of sources including satellite imagery, drone-based surveillance, weather forecasts, ground-based sensors, and other social, societal, political, and economic information in order to provide actionable intelligence to farmers – large and small – at a reasonable cost. On top of its data fusion platform, CyStellar layers decision support tools for crop management, variable-rate irrigation and fertilization, and pest management by exploiting the power of machine learning, big data and predictive analytics. The goal is to allow farmers to make sound decisions using an intuitive user interface and helpful artificial intelligence-based decision support tools that hide the complexity of the data and the calculations behind the decisions.
Critical to the performance of CyStellar’s agricultural technology (ag-tech) solutions is the ability to disseminate and gather sensor data across all three operating regimes (ground, air, and space). “Through our collaboration with IoT Sweden and Sigfox, we will help the agriculture industry leverage precise IoT field data to optimize critical decisions,”says Peter Bunus, Managing Director and Co-Founder of CyStellar. “The IoT is set to push the future of farming to the next level by offering real time monitoring and 24 hours per day connectivity. IoT Sweden and Sigfox is known for their low-cost, low-power, high reliability and broad coverage of their IoT network, and this partnership offers strong support for our business.”
Commenting on the partnership, Mats Landstedt, CEO of IoT Sweden, added: “This partnership with CyStellar once again illustrates that the IoT space is transforming traditional industry boundaries and value chains. Smart agriculture needs smart insights directly from the field and that’s only possible with IoT connectivity. IoT Sweden and Sigfox’s low-cost and low-power connectivity represents a dramatic shift for companies in the agricultural sector looking to integrate sensing, analytics, and automated control into their business models and operations.”
About IoT Sweden: IoT Sweden is the exclusive Sigfox operator for Sweden, building and operating a nationwide radio network for the Internet of Things with Sigfox world-leading LPWAN connectivity. This will empower Sweden’s IoT market as well as contribute with a full ecosystem of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect, increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service, or simply solve problems in an economic and connected manner. For more information, please visit https://www.iotsweden.net.
About CyStellar: CyStellar is a big-data analytics and decision support company focusing on precision agriculture. Through its cloud-based data fusion platform, CyStellar aims to improve quality of data services at a global scale by addressing some of the largest markets such as precision agriculture, food safety and traceability, logistics or predictive maintenance. The CyStellar platform integrates, manages, and secures data from Internet of Things (IoT) ground sensors, aerial surveillance, and satellite imagery at a massive scale. For more information on CyStellar, please visit: https://www.cystellar.com.