Partnership brings smart-farming initiative to IoT market

2nd June 2021
Alex Lynn

Kerlink and Cloud Energy have announced that they are developing and deploying new solutions to meet demand for IoT services in rural areas around Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Expanding on their earlier collaboration on smart-building and energy-management projects in the city of nearly nine million people, the two companies recently developed and deployed a fully wireless LoRaWAN network to monitor and manage a 900 kWp solar-power installation on a mushroom farm 80km from the city.

The installation of the wireless solar-power system was chosen by NG Investment for its superior advantages: stability of data reading, ability to connect to different inverter brands and the cost savings on investment and maintenance.

The IoT upgrade included Kerlink’s long-range, low-power Wirnet iStation gateways and its Wanesy Management Center to operate and manage the new system, and Cloud Energy’s advanced LoRaWAN-based meter and devices for data management, optimised to meet the rigorous requirements of utility scaling. The system is expected to reduce the owners’ operation and maintenance costs by 30% annually compared to the previous system. New installations are expected to shave 30% off the cost of a new wired monitoring system.

Wired monitoring systems are expensive to install and challenging and costly to maintain, because employees must be sent to the site for regular inspection and repair throughout the year. A successful deployment of a wireless solar-farm management solution can achieve faster return on investment (ROI) compared to wired solutions using classic data loggers and non-real-time remote access.

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