WiseConn: Bringing New Efficiencies to Agriculture with Precision Irrigation

Guillermo Valenzuela, VP of Sales and Marketing
The optimal use of water in irrigation has always been intricately tied to the evolution of agriculture and successful farming. However, efficiently managing natural water resources amidst the rising energy costs to run irrigation pumps and mounting labor expenses is a challenge for growers. Agriculture, unlike watering the lawn or backyard, necessitates continuous monitoring of the entire food growing process, which has traditionally been a manual process. To this end, growers are seeking a reliable water resource management solution. This is where, WiseConn, with its unique water management platform, is making strides to increase water efficiency in the field.

The WiseConn platform, DropControl, is a specially-designed hardware- and software-based field monitoring and control network that enables growers to manage their farms and make informed decisions. It consists of network nodes that are connected to sensors and actuators that monitor weather conditions, soil moisture, and historical irrigation data. DropControl also activates, deactivates, and calibrates irrigation system pumps, valves, and other components. These nodes exchange data with one another and deliver it to the central DropControl Gateway, which connects the network to a web server. “Operating on a large scale and with precision, we are one of the few firms capable of remotely controlling an irrigation system for agriculture from the cloud,” says Guillermo Valenzuela, VP of Sales and Marketing at WiseConn.

Built from scratch, what differentiates WiseConn’s DropControl is its reliability. The platform keeps an account of fertilizer injections, water quality, performance of irrigation systems, and how much water farmers are using in comparison to rainfall. Farmers can use DropControl to analyze and control the optimal volume, frequency, and application rate of irrigation water in a planned, efficient manner, all based on the most recent precipitation, weather conditions, and forecasts.

Setting a benchmark for the agtech industry, WiseConn’s platform keeps growers up-to-date on understanding and control of water usage to achieve higher yields at a lower cost.
The platform helps growers choose a suitable irrigation method, along with data that informs them when and how much to irrigate. The company then executes the action in the field through the cloud and takes command of the water management system’s components to carry out the action with exceptional reliability as well as real-time operational feedback.

At the vanguard of delivering exceptional services is WiseConn’s support department, with support protocol and training procedures in place. The company’s in-house support team assists farmers in establishing the network and monitoring its performance to ensure that they get the most out of the system. In case of a glitch, the local distributors who work through a distributor network help the clients resolve the issue and get the system running.

WiseConn further increases the grower’s irrigation options with its unparalleled offerings. For example, when farmers grow different varieties of a fruit next to each other, it is difficult to irrigate based on individual needs. To address this issue, WiseConn can operate a high-frequency irrigation allowing growers to irrigate multiple times a day, or irrigate varieties separately. In addition, WiseConn helps growers in irrigating diverse soil types by installing soil sensors that can collect data based on moisture, temperature, pH, and electronic conductivity, in order to help better understand how to irrigate effectively.

WiseConn is uniquely positioned in the agriculture market with a robust software platform that is connected to third-party software companies that provide imagery, consulting, and sensor companies, which offer optimal recommendations. The company deploys the recommendations in the field via its one-of-a-kind API.

With a robust line of services, capabilities, and an unwavering network of distributors and local partners, WiseConn has thousands of monitoring and control systems installed in five countries. “This has helped us expand, learn more about the industry, better understand the demand, and accomplish our goal, which is to assist growers to grow more with less water,” states Valenzuela.

Company
WiseConn

Headquarters
Fresno, CA

Management
Guillermo Valenzuela, VP of Sales and Marketing

Description
WiseConn is a designer and manufacturer of technology solutions using wireless communications and software for water management. The WiseConn platform, DropControl, is a specially-designed hardware- and software-based field monitoring and control network that enables growers to manage their farms and make informed decisions. It consists of network nodes that are connected to sensors and actuators that monitor weather conditions, soil moisture, and historical irrigation data. DropControl also activates, deactivates, and calibrates irrigation system pumps, valves, and other components. Built from scratch, what differentiates WiseConn’s DropControl is its reliability. The platform keeps an account of fertilizer injections, water quality, performance of irrigation systems, and how much water farmers are using in comparison to rainfall.

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