Keytah Station – Northern NSW, Australia
AutoWinch Seasonal System features a configuration of in-field nodes that act both as the sensor for soil moisture, temperature, and humidity and actuator on a valve that regulates drip irrigation. The LoRaWAN® network is dynamically designed to allow the self-reorganization of sensor nodes when changes happen in the network.
Irrigated Agriculture field size: 540 hectares – divided into 15 x 36 hectare bays. The land is leveled via earthworks to facilitate efficient controlled surface irrigation with flow rates of 120 megalitres per day.
Water level sensors are strategically deployed into bays and water supply channels sending water level data back to the PAM app which, depending on configuration, communicates with the Padman Autowinch and Autowinch Screw drives to ensure efficient, effective water control.
The G87 gateway is installed approximately 9 meters above ground level with a solar panel power input and has been tested to be working at least 9.5km away, line of sight, at this site. The 4G module in the gateway provides an easy internet connection for data transmission.
The Keytah Station project is also part of the Australian Government “Smarter Irrigation for Profit phase 2” Initiative.