Agrosmart

Farming the smart way

Agrosmart believes in a more sustainable way of producing, understanding better our environment to achieve better results.

Use Case

Farmers who use irrigation systems have little or no control over their plantation. They dont know how much water and electricity use and waste, which represents a major issue due to the high costs of irrigation and government regulations.Currently the main technique used by growers to measure the necessity of irrigation is simple by steping on the soil and analysing texture and the“feel and appearance”. This represents the most common method not only in small famrs but also in large plantations. The lack of control and management leads to waste of water and electricity, high irrigation cost and pests and diseases.

Potential

By 2050 we will need a 70% increase in food production.Irrigation is the main way to increase productivity and the overall production to meet this demand. 16% of world’s cultivated area is irrigated and it corresponds to 40% of all food production.Agrosmart believes that we can have a more sustainable way of producing, understanding better our environment and optimizing the use of natural resources to achieve better results. Monitoring more than 10 environmental conditions we allow growers to have relevant data for a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests. As a result we can save up to 60% of water in irrigation, energy and increase productivity at the same time, delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment.

Business Case

A monthly payment is charged in order to use the system, which includes the lending of the sensors and the usage of the software, plus an instalation fee.

Objectives:

  1. Reduce the cost of irrigation by lowering the waste of water and electricty.
  2. Increrase productivity by delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment.
  3. Provide a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests.

Team Agrosmart

Campinas, Brazil

Our Team

So here we are! / Published December 11, 2015 by Caio Bacci

So here we are!

This picture shows one of our meetings. From the left to the right is: Matheus (eletronic engineer), Thales (eletrical engineer), Amanda (Meteorologist), Caio (Business), Diego (Meteorologist), Raphael (Designer), Anderson (Developer) and Marcus (agronomic engineer).

Since some of us are living in other cities we overcome the distance with skype meetings. In this picture is missing Mariana (Biz Dev).

Getting out of the building! / Published December 10, 2015 by Caio Bacci

Getting out of the building!

During our reserach, we have talked with many teachers from the Federal University of Itajubá, University of São Paulo/Esalq, specialists, such as meteorologists, agronomic engineers and many farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais.

It was interesting to learn theory and methods with professors and to see how it really is in practice with farmers. Our main topic discussed was about how to increase productivity and reduce waste with irrigation systems in agriculture.

José is one of the farmer we talked and he lives in a village called Pedralva. His biggest challenge in his farm is to know how much and when he needs to irrigate his crops. Therefore, we investigated all about his problem in order to understand better his needs

Agrosmart, smart farming simple as it should be / Published December 10, 2015 by Caio Bacci

Agrosmart, smart farming simple as it should be

Mr. José is a farmer in Brazil, he used to have little or no control over his plantation. He did not know how much water and electricity he was using and wasting, which represents a big concern due to the high costs of irrigation and governmental regulations.

With the Agrosmart solution, Mr. José is able to know exactly when and how much he needs to irrigate. He has access to a dashboard that allows him to see in real time the status of his crops, receive alerts when something important happens and analyze historical data in order to understand relationships between environmental factors, decisions he had taken in the past and results related to productivity.

Agrosmart is a solution that promotes a more sustainable way of producing, understanding better our environment and optimizing the use of natural resources to achieve better results. Monitoring more than 10 environmental conditions, we allow growers, such as Mr. José, to have relevant data for a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests.

As a result, we can save up to 60% of water in irrigation, energy and increase productivity at the same time, delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment.

We focus on the user experience and our intuitive system speaks the same language of growers like Mr. José.

Agrosmart Statment / Published December 7, 2015 by Caio Bacci

Agrosmart Statment

Agrosmart believes that it’s possible to improve people’s lives by doing things in a smarter way. In order to improve productivity and optimize the use of resources in agriculture we created a solution for smart farming that connects the farmer to his crops.

We allow growers to have relevant data for a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests. As a result we can save up to 60% of water in irrigation, energy and increase productivity at the same time, delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment.

- Research - visiting farms / Published December 7, 2015 by Caio Bacci

- Research - visiting farms

During our reserach we have talked with many teachers from the Federal University of Itajubá and 2 farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais.

It was interesting to learn theory and methods with professors and to see how it really is in practice with farmers. Our main topic discussed was about how to increase productivity and reduce waste with irrigation systems in agriculture.

José is one of the farmer we talked and he lives in a village called Pedralva. His biggest challenge in his farm is to know how much and when he needs to irrigate his crops. Therefore, we investigated all about his problem in order to understand better his needs

Our Mission

Agrosmart believes that it’s possible to improve people’s lives by doing things in a smarter way. In order to improve productivity and optimize the use of resources in agriculture we created a solution for smart farming that connects the farmer to his crops.

Our Background

By 2050, IHS Global Insight 2009, estimated that we will need a 70% increase in food production. Still roughly 1/3 of all food we produce is lost or wasted, in low-income countries these losses concentrates on Pre-harvest process. Irrigation is seen as the main way to increase productivity and the overall production to meet this demand. Nowadays about 16% of world’s cultivated area is irrigated and it corresponds to 40% of all food production. However, we are suffering from drought, limiting irrigation, in the main agricultural regions like Brazil, California and Israel. 72% of our fresh water is used directly in irrigation and about half of it is wasted in the process. Agrosmart believes that we can have a more sustainable way of producing, understanding better our environment and optimizing the use of natural resources to achieve better results. Monitoring more than 10 environmental conditions we allow growers to have relevant data for a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests. As a result we can save up to 60% of water in irrigation, energy and increase productivity at the same time, delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment. We are 10 full-time people in the team among engineers, developers, agronomists, meteorologists and biz devs, from each 4 are the co-founders. Mariana is daughter of farmers, have been an entrepreneur since she was 16, owns a bakery and created other business in Internet of Things, besides Agrosmart she is president of an NGO that fosters the maker movement and supports hardware startups; Raphael is a designer and has also co-founded other startups in Internet of Things, like Smartapps. Anderson is a senior developer and has acted as team leader in several IT companies. Last but not least, Thales is electrical engineer and developed his skills in hardware development as a team leader in a University robot war project Currently, we operate in 3 farms in Brazil and we have around 800 farmers in the waiting list. We are planing expansion to the US and other Latin America countries for next year. We see the FTT challenge as a way to leverage the concept of smart farming to the world and support us to bring technologies to the farms and revolutionize this industry that is paramount to the world’s development.

So here we are! / Published December 11, 2015 by Caio Bacci

So here we are!

This picture shows one of our meetings. From the left to the right is: Matheus (eletronic engineer), Thales (eletrical engineer), Amanda (Meteorologist), Caio (Business), Diego (Meteorologist), Raphael (Designer), Anderson (Developer) and Marcus (agronomic engineer).

Since some of us are living in other cities we overcome the distance with skype meetings. In this picture is missing Mariana (Biz Dev).

Getting out of the building! / Published December 10, 2015 by Caio Bacci

Getting out of the building!

During our reserach, we have talked with many teachers from the Federal University of Itajubá, University of São Paulo/Esalq, specialists, such as meteorologists, agronomic engineers and many farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais.

It was interesting to learn theory and methods with professors and to see how it really is in practice with farmers. Our main topic discussed was about how to increase productivity and reduce waste with irrigation systems in agriculture.

José is one of the farmer we talked and he lives in a village called Pedralva. His biggest challenge in his farm is to know how much and when he needs to irrigate his crops. Therefore, we investigated all about his problem in order to understand better his needs

Agrosmart, smart farming simple as it should be / Published December 10, 2015 by Caio Bacci

Agrosmart, smart farming simple as it should be

Mr. José is a farmer in Brazil, he used to have little or no control over his plantation. He did not know how much water and electricity he was using and wasting, which represents a big concern due to the high costs of irrigation and governmental regulations.

With the Agrosmart solution, Mr. José is able to know exactly when and how much he needs to irrigate. He has access to a dashboard that allows him to see in real time the status of his crops, receive alerts when something important happens and analyze historical data in order to understand relationships between environmental factors, decisions he had taken in the past and results related to productivity.

Agrosmart is a solution that promotes a more sustainable way of producing, understanding better our environment and optimizing the use of natural resources to achieve better results. Monitoring more than 10 environmental conditions, we allow growers, such as Mr. José, to have relevant data for a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests.

As a result, we can save up to 60% of water in irrigation, energy and increase productivity at the same time, delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment.

We focus on the user experience and our intuitive system speaks the same language of growers like Mr. José.

Agrosmart Statment / Published December 7, 2015 by Caio Bacci

Agrosmart Statment

Agrosmart believes that it’s possible to improve people’s lives by doing things in a smarter way. In order to improve productivity and optimize the use of resources in agriculture we created a solution for smart farming that connects the farmer to his crops.

We allow growers to have relevant data for a better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop development, diseases and pests. As a result we can save up to 60% of water in irrigation, energy and increase productivity at the same time, delivering to the plants what they really need at each moment.

- Research - visiting farms / Published December 7, 2015 by Caio Bacci

- Research - visiting farms

During our reserach we have talked with many teachers from the Federal University of Itajubá and 2 farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais.

It was interesting to learn theory and methods with professors and to see how it really is in practice with farmers. Our main topic discussed was about how to increase productivity and reduce waste with irrigation systems in agriculture.

José is one of the farmer we talked and he lives in a village called Pedralva. His biggest challenge in his farm is to know how much and when he needs to irrigate his crops. Therefore, we investigated all about his problem in order to understand better his needs

Our Team

Our Mission

Agrosmart believes that it’s possible to improve people’s lives by doing things in a smarter way. In order to improve productivity and optimize the use of resources in ...Read More

Our Background

By 2050, IHS Global Insight 2009, estimated that we will need a 70% increase in food production. Still roughly 1/3 of all food we produce is lost or ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.