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By Sharon Udasin, The Jerusalem Post (6 December 2016)
The Sol Chip Comm, created by the Haifa-based Sol Chip, is a tiny wireless tag fueled by the sun’s light that can connect to a virtual cloud.
As farmers increasingly employ automated sensors to remotely monitor soil and irrigation properties, they may soon be able to take the art of precision agriculture one step further – with the forthcoming launch of a tiny, solar-powered wireless device.
The Sol Chip Comm, created by the Haifa-based Sol Chip, is a tiny wireless tag fueled by the sun’s light that can connect to a virtual cloud and enable the autonomous operation of a variety of agricultural sensors.
“Almost everywhere, the know-how of how to get better yield of crops is [becoming] important,” Shani Keysar, CEO of Sol Chip, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. “Another thing is the shortage of water is getting harder in many places.”
Among the sensors that the tag might connect to are those that monitor soil moisture, ambient temperature, air temperature and nutrient levels. The device gathers the data collected by these sensors for analysis by precision applications, in order to make data-driven adjustments for optimizing water and fertilization consumption, as well as for improving crop yields, information from the company explained.
“The uniqueness is that our solar battery is very small and efficient,” Keysar said. “The whole size of this [device] is remarkably small.”