VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, launches a new Frost Module, which is part of a custom designed controller and sensor network that gives farmers remote access to the conditions in the field 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other modules include Pest Management, Disease Control and Irrigation Management.
"The Semios Frost Module, takes the guess work out of frost protection on a per acre basis," said Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios. "It alerts farmers when there is cause for concern and tracks the outcome of frost mitigation tools in action, so the farmer can respond accordingly or get a good nights sleep."
The Semios platform captures and logs data from a network of sensors placed on every acre of a grower's property. From site-specific sensors, the frost module monitors temperature inversions, up to 20 feet high, every 10 minutes, provides wet bulb calculations and sprinkler thresholds based on stage of bud development. When a frost alert is sent by text and email, growers know exactly where action needs to be taken and furthermore can determine if their frost mitigation tools are having the desired effect or need to be adjusted for efficiency.
In 2015, this service was launched to existing Semios customers on 5,000 acres of apple, pear, grapes, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and citrus orchards. Each sensor station has the ability to run any module, so a simple activation by Semios is all that is required. Modules have video tutorials and Semios customer support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a weel. The cost for the Semios Frost Module is $10 U.S. per acre, per year. Subscription platform packages start at $60 U.S. per acre, per year.
Semios is a precision farming platform that provides real-time information and pest management tools for the tree fruit, nut and grape growers. Semios combines hardware with powerful secure online software that monitors field and weather conditions which allows for remote pest monitoring and deployment of mating disruption pheromones. It's easy to use, reduces labor and allows farmers to make decisions that preserve and increase crop value. For more information please visit www.semios.com.