Sol Chip, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and energy harvesting solutions, introduced Monday its Sol Chip Comm autonomous, wireless, solar tag for enabling precision agriculture and smart irrigation.
The Sol Chip Comm (SCC) device is an ultra-compact, maintenance-free, solar-powered, wireless tag. SCC powers, controls and wirelessly connects a wide variety of sensors to the cloud.
The SCC-S433 enables autonomous operation of sensors without batteries and wires; comes solar-powered by Sol Chip’s LightBattery sup> unique technology; internal energy storage; multiple transmissions per day; small size with a simple out of the box installation and reinstallation without requiring tooling or network technician.
The device is targeted at all weather outdoor deployment at low cost; large number of SCC-S433 tags are wirelessly connected to a single Sol Chip Wireless Gateway over license-free 433MHz radio with a wireless range up to 1,500m with automatic, periodical upload of sensors data to the cloud. It also supports all major sensors interfaces such as digital and analog.
In precision agriculture and smart irrigation applications, SCC feeds real-time data readings from up to hundreds of agriculture-related sensors, including those that monitor soil moisture, soil temperature, ambient temperature, air temperature, nutrients levels and more, into a precision agriculture application server.
This essential data gathered by SCC is analyzed by a precision agriculture application in order to make data-driven adjustments for optimizing water and fertilization consumption and improving crop yields.
Sol-Chip and its new SCC device significantly lower the barrier for the adoption of precision agriculture and smart irrigation. Based on Sol Chip’s innovative energy harvesting technology, SCC is solar-powered and designed to operate continuously for more than ten years with no maintenance requirements, removing the need to constantly replace and discard batteries.
As a wireless device, SCC eliminates the significant costs and time associated with deploying and maintaining wires to connect the deployed sensors. SCC’s small size makes the product easy to install and move around any agriculture-related environment, while being unobtrusive and not prone to theft.
In addition, the low cost of SCC makes the deployment of wireless sensors for agriculture purposes to be financially accessible.
In addition to precision agriculture and smart irrigation, Sol Chip’s SCC device can be applied to smart cities, smart grids, asset tracking and similar applications.
“With our LightBattery technology, Sol Chip is uniquely positioned to realize our vision of enabling billions of autonomous IoT devices for many different market sectors in a way that is cost effective and environmentally sustainable,” explained Dr. Shani Keysar, founder and CEO of Sol Chip. “Our new SCC device clearly demonstrates these qualities for precision agriculture and smart irrigation and we are working on more applications for additional market sectors.”
Sol Chip is currently offering an evaluation kit for precision agriculture and smart irrigation, which includes two SCC solar tags, two sensors, a wireless gateway, necessary accessories, access to third party web server and support. The components of the evaluation kit are pre-integrated, enabling the evaluation kit to be rapidly deployed for testing in an open field or greenhouse.