Hardware Communication Ready to Increase Harvest Efficiency Up to 30% by Expanding GPS Coverage

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Mertani is conducting a project to test the accuracy of Hardware Communication by conducting a Proof of Concept (POC) at a palm oil plantation company in Sumatera. Accuracy monitoring is carried out by adjusting the needs of palm oil plantations. In this case, palm oil plantations want a wide range of GPS and a data transmission system that can transmit large amounts of data.

The benefits of improving GPS quality and data retrieval are used to expand the range in
monitoring harvesters’ locations and also to facilitate the collection of harvest data. The determination of the location range is still evaluated until it reaches the desired range. Location determination using GPS has equipped with Low Power Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology facilitated by Tuni.

Tuni as a Mertani partner that facilitates connectivity in remote areas already has LoRa
technology with a range of approximately 11 km. With this evaluation and development through the POC, Mertani and Tuni develop their coverage by adjusting land conditions. The technology developed in this project is in the form of a modem and is easily carried by harvesters. There are buttons to count yields that can be done directly on the land.

The development of Low Power Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology in Indonesia is still relatively new and is a big challenge to apply it directly to land. Adjusting regulations with technology is a challenge currently being carried out in this project. Optimal results in the Hardware Communication test are expected to help managers optimally monitor yields and harvest efficiency.

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