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Press release – UK – 19 June 2020
Pessl Instruments has announced that its internet of things (IoT) and decision support system platform FieldClimate is now integrated with Microsoft Azure Farmbeats.
This partnership enables farmers to make more data-driven decisions, and agronomists and researchers to build analytic models on top of aggregated data sets.
Fieldclimate was one of the first online platforms for collecting and displaying agro-meteorological data from tens of thousands of weather stations under METOS brand, installed all over the world. Azure FarmBeats combines data from different sources such as weather, visual information from drones and satellites and unites them with data coming from the Metos weather stations for data-driven analytics.
The selected METOS devices immediately sync as data flows into the FieldClimate servers.
Collecting this data helps farmers to decide when to irrigate, when to spray, what disease preventive measure to take, whether conditions are suitable for particular activities in the field, and much more.
This helps to prevent unnecessary trips to the field, and saves money on fuel and other resources – from water to fertiliser.
Data collection and analysis helps to lower costs, increase yield and income, and minimise negative impacts on the environment.
With FarmBeats integration, FieldClimate can now leverage the FarmBeats soil moisture maps that are generated based on METOS device information and satellites.
“The collaboration between Pessl Instruments and Microsoft provides the opportunity to promptly identify problems, without visiting the field. It can even provide greater accuracy than physical visits. The farmer and agronomist can install weather stations which monitor and alert them in real time about the actual field weather: temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, soil moisture, head units, wind gusts, evapotranspiration, frost and heat risks, forecasted frost and rains and many more things. The analytics from Microsoft Azure Farmbeats will provide the artificial intelligence so that all required actions can be taken on time and without delay,” explains Gottfried Pessl, Pessl Instruments’ CEO and Founder.
“Knowing the climatic conditions is one of the most important aspects to consider in agriculture, climate change is a growing threat. Remote monitoring is not in the future; it is already in the present. The Covid-19 crisis has shown us how important food supply is and we cannot sacrifice any crop losses due to poor management or being unable to visit the field.
“For the past 36 years, Pessl Instruments has been investing in development of technologies for sustainable and precision agriculture. We are proud to team up with Azure so we can reach as many farmers as possible. We will help support farming processes and continue to help agriculture sector to serve us with abundant and healthy food.”
Dr. Ranveer Chandra, chief scientist, Microsoft Corp., said, “Data-driven Agriculture and predictive analytics provide granular and timely decision-making. Effective data modelling in agriculture requires the ability to combine high quality data coming from sensors with widely available data from satellites and weather sources to increase the scale and accuracy of predictions. Pessl Instruments is a well-recognised partner with a large footprint of high quality sensors in the market, and together we aim to bring the benefits of data and analytics to farming.”
Farmers and agronomists in the UK can acquire Pessl Instruments’ sensors from METOS UK. See www.metos.uk to locate your nearest distributor.
About Pessl Instruments
Pessl Instruments, which is headquartered in Weiz, Austria and founded in 1984 by current CEO Gottfried Pessl, does business in more than 80 countries.
Pessl Instruments develops and distributes climate monitoring, agricultural risk, and irrigation management technology solutions for its farming customer base. Globally distributed under the iMETOS brand, products include weather stations, soil moisture monitoring devices, irrigation automation controllers, electronic insect traps, remote crop monitoring systems, disease, and pest warning software and localized weather forecasts.
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Pessl Instruments, the company behind METOS® brand wireless, solar-powered monitoring systems, has reported an upsurge in the number of remote monitoring stations requested around the world, due to the impact of Coronavirus and the need for farmers and agronomists to reduce unnecessary travel.
Gottfried Pessl, President and Founder of Pessl Instruments, explains that the closure of non-essential companies and travel restrictions has made remote field monitoring systems an urgent requirement for many farmers and growers.
“Every trip to the field costs time and money, but during the coronavirus outbreak it may be impossible to check on all crops. Remote field monitoring systems allow farmers and agronomists to reduce field visits to only when they are really necessary,” he says.
“We are already receiving an increase in orders. For example, large tomato growers in the US and Turkey want to install more soil moisture monitoring systems, alongside remote monitoring of insects, climatic conditions, soil nutrition and workforce tracking.”
“Installing this equipment now will allow them to improve their risk management, while protecting the crop, the environment, their workers and continue to provide food to the population.”
In the UK, the Rural Payments Agency has paused farm inspections, while globally, the GLOBALG.A.P standards setting organisation has extended certificates for six months, because inspectors are unable to travel to farms to perform audits.
“I believe that in the future, permanent and mobile Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, such as remote monitoring, will help government and standards agencies collect some of the data they need to make sure the food we eat is safe, without needing to travel so frequently,” says Gottfried.
Pessl Instruments is a leading global manufacturer of IoTs for farmers, including weather stations, soil moisture systems, insect traps, crop growth cameras, portable soil and tissue laboratories, trackers of various kinds, and the relevant decision support software.
“Every day we support over 100,000 users of our FieldClimate decision support software, who are connected to one or more of the 50,000 stations installed worldwide.”
“Globally, there are tens of thousands of agronomists and consultants helping farmers with sometimes daily visits to their fields. We believe this will change after the Coronavirus crisis ends, and remote monitoring will increasingly be used for these tasks,” suggests Gottfried.
IoT technology has been available for the past 20 years, but has only been used by a small percentage of farmers. Remote monitoring is not the future, it already exists.
“Installing such IoT technology on farms will help farmers and their agronomists to identify problems immediately, without needing to visit the field. In some cases, it may even provide greater accuracy than a visual inspection can reveal. Real-time alerts from weather stations allow farmers and consultants to make immediate decisions based on actual field weather conditions.”
Conveniently, METOS® IoT remote weather stations and sensors are very easy to install. So farmers can take advantage of the technology now, to help them manage their crops during the current Coronavirus lockdown, and in the future.
Whilst the iMETOS brand is certainly not new, METOS UK is. Launched at the end of 2018 to help British farmers and growers, METOS UK is an official Pessl Instruments subsidiary in UK. Let me introduce myself and the company to you. In a nutshell, we exist to offer you excellent weather monitoring technology coupled with experienced UK support.
I’m David Whattoff, Managing Director of METOS UK and an ex Lincolnshire farmer. In fact, I was a Director of our family farming business for 27 years. I know only too well the frustrations that variable weather gives farmers and growers. I too have taken a gamble on when to fertilise and when to harvest – not always getting it right; impacting on my costs.
My agricultural career then took me to SOYL Precision Farming for 8 years. As Agricultural Development Manager, I saw the real benefit of harnessing new technology to deliver a high performance. You could reduce the guesswork and find new ways to increase yields.
2018 presented me with an opportunity of a lifetime. To develop a UK business providing professional weather and climate monitoring technology that truly addresses many of the frustrations that I used to experience first-hand on the farm.
And so, METOS UK was born.
As our weather becomes increasingly unpredictable, I’m determined to help as many farmers and growers as possible make informed decisions. Decisions that will enable them to grow profitability, whilst keeping a handle on their costs.
You might be a family farming business, or you could be a much larger operation. Whatever your agricultural business, the growth potential from being fully connected to your weather is huge. Proactive farmers are using technology like this every day. It’s critical to their business operations. And for good reason.
You can buy a wide variety of weather stations. So, why METOS UK? The answer is simple. Born from a long-established global company, Pessl Instruments GmbH, that has invested heavily in agricultural R&D, METOS UK is completely in tune with the needs of farmers and growers. You’re not just one of many markets we serve. You are the market we serve!
Our professional range of hardware and software is built to last. Many iMETOS stations are expandable too, using both WiFi and LPWAN. You can store more than a year’s data to help you with analysis and use far more sensors from one system. Few weather stations are as capable as iMETOS weather stations.
And if your business relies on this technology, it has to be good.
But METOS UK is about knowledgeable service too. We have many UK stockists – they too focus on agriculture. They can help you to decide what system is right for your business. And they’re keen to work with you to get you results.
Of course, I’m always at the end of the phone too, with my experience and knowledge to hand. We’re a British business, forging strong relationships with farming companies in the UK. We’d love to find out how we could help your agricultural business to perform better.
To start a conversation with us, please view our UK stockists page or contact me directly. We’d be delighted to help you.