The final design included a single solar powered base station incorporating a cellular router for internet access, a LoRa gateway for communication with the things (sensors, weather stations, soil probes and assets). Long range, high capacity Wi-Fi access points as well as wireless data links to provide internet access.
The first step involved mapping out the area to determine the optimal location for the base station to capture the mobile signal. A sure-footing installation method was used to ensure both stability and longevity. It was essential that this method was used to protect the masts from livestock rubbing, chewing and “investigating”.
Solar Weather Station with LoRa
With the base stations in place, a multitude of specially designed sensors and monitors were installed across the property. The sensors are used for applications such as: soil conditions, gate status, grain levels, local weather, water tank levels and vehicle tracking.
A semi-automated bore pump control device, to control the water flow to three tanks has also been included in this IoT development. The control device enables the staff to turn the bore pump on and off via the dashboard. The LoRa network supports efficient data collection which is all funnelled directly to the myinsight.io dashboard via the internet.