Core Beliefs

  • With sufficient sensors and data, you should be able to apply the optimum resources to grow crops to their maximum yield.
  • You should not need chemical fertilizers and pest control to grow healthy crops (whenever possible)
  • Potential harm to crops can be caught earlier, and with less impact to yield, through intensive imaging and analytics (24hr farming).
  • You can prevent harm to, and improve the well-being of, livestock with fewer manual interventions through judicious monitoring and analytics.
  • Local analytics can respond more quickly, and with less expense, than cloud-based analytics, especially in areas with little to no internet connectivity.

Key SIG Facts

SIG Creation Date: Initial proposal to set up Open Horizon Smart Agriculture SIG in TSC 2020-12-08

SIG Chair: Bill Rowley 

Mailing List

Discussion Forum

Official SIG Workstreams

Ingadi Flower Farm test plotBill Rowley

Implement SIG hardware and software to test in real-world situations.

  • Grow sunflowers this season and collect data
  • Build a Liquid Prep sensor and collect data
    2023-08-08: Waiting on LP sensors to arrive
  • Grow crops in high tunnel hoop house
SmartAg Foundation Component PlanJoe PearsonHosting architecture design meetings on alternating weeks with SIG meeting.
SmartAg Foundationr4ndomuserCreate a system to develop and deploy workloads that connect sensors from field to edge gateway to cloud
Open Horizon marketing websiteJoe Pearson and Charlie Lindahl (CyberchuckTX)Edit the marketing WordPress site to reflect information about SmartAg SIG
  • no progress yet

SIG Adopter Workstreams

Liquid Prep integrationplaygroundConnect Liquid Prep sensor to containerized workload deployed by Open Horizon and enable standardized data collection northbound and model deployment southbound for better decision support in small & large farmsteads.
OPEN projectsGeorge & playground

Support OPEN's efforts to educate future farmers, and agriculture students and teachers, and experts to integrate inexpensive IoT LoRaWAN and related edge computing technologies into decision-making. The goals being:

To improve crop yields (ensuring food security in climate impacted regions), to better monitor local environments including CO2 data, to improve water banking, and share knowledge among all stakeholders by deploying and managing local analytics with Open Horizon.  OPEN Horizon will connect sensors to OPEN's remote sensor networks through edge devices, distribute data and models, and help train current and future farmers, primary-secondary students and teachers, university of agriculture faculty and students, and ministry and professional agriculture experts, and partner developers of OPEN.

  • Projects running in Africa and Jamaica, haven't tied back to SmartAG processes yet.
  • Sensors for their projects (SEEED-based), in Jamaica are deployed and soon in Bungoma, West Kenya and Liberia as well, and are all intended to be use cases for the SmartAG framework.
  • Exploring educational material creation to use SDK (including Open Horizon) in university and professional settings.
  • Mabanga, Kenya dashboard
AgriRegio ProjektChristian Wied
  • Dr. Daniel Eberz presented at ONE Summit
  • Rob High and Daniel Eberz presented at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Feb 2023
  • Custom development provided by expeer
  • All other code to be contributed to Open Horizon Services - Jeff Lu reviewing.
  • Entering pilot rollout phase, expanding supported sensors
  • Added Samsung industrial devices as a supported deployment target
  • Project extended until December 2024
  • 2023-08-08: Bridge-based water depth sensor deployed, sending data to Hof Box.

Meeting Time

  • Smart Agriculture SIG Meetings are open to the public, and are held weekly.
  • Smart Agriculture SIG meetings are held Tuesdays at 10am PDT (find your local time here)


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