For farmers, water is everything—it’s perhaps the single most important resource to ensuring crop survival. Unfortunately, it’s also quite scarce in much of the world. Water-conscious farmers are always looking for ways to help their crops thrive while reducing water consumption, and Poland-based Digital Crops wanted to help.
Digital Crops set out to build a solution that could help farmers predict adverse conditions, like heavy rain or drought, and automatically adjust their irrigation systems accordingly. By deploying innovative weather stations across the farm and wireless IoT sensors in the soil, this new solution, called FieldControl, would help farmers around the world maximize yields while reducing water consumption.
Unfortunately, Digital Crops faced an insurmountable challenge during solution development: building a platform to connect their hardware, ingest data, and derive insights was going to be cost-prohibitive. They needed to partner with someone who already had a reliable, agriculture-ready platform in place.
Finding a platform partner in Agri Solutions and Microsoft Azure
Digital Crops quickly found their ideal partner in Agri Solutions. Also based out of Poland, Agri Solutions has been an innovator in the agriculture technology sector for years. Their flagship offering, FarmCloud, is a robust platform that integrates customers’ IoT ecosystems from end to end, offering them full control of their environments, easy communication with their partners, vendors, and customers, and deep visibility into their farming operations. By connecting the entire food-production lifecycle into one simple, consolidated platform, Agri Solutions enables customers to track their food all the way from farm to fork, ensuring safety and transparency every step of the way.
But functionality wasn’t Agri Solutions’ only priority when designing FarmCloud, as security and reliability were key considerations as well. Like all businesses, farmers need to protect their operations because if their systems were ever compromised, it could negatively affect the health of their crops and their own livelihoods. This is why Agri Solutions partnered with Microsoft Azure to build FarmCloud. By leveraging the world-class security of Microsoft Azure, as well as its robust and reliable infrastructure, Agri Solutions knew that their platform would be a safe, powerful tool their customers could trust.