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Brazilian Partners Invest in IoT for Agribusiness

Embratel, Claro, Embrapa and the Eldorado Research Institute have signed an agreement to offer solutions that will be created at Embrapa's farm in Jaguariúna.
By Edson Perin

"Embratel, Claro, Embrapa and the Eldorado Research Institute will structure and enable connectivity models, technologies and platforms to meet agribusiness needs with the agreement," says Marcelo Morandi, Embrapa's general manager. "We are going to take several innovations to the market."

"Eldorado completes its 20 years of innovation—and innovation only happens through experimentation," says Roberto Soboll, the superintendent of the Eldorado Research Institute. It is very important for there to be cooperation between participants in their experiments and projects, validating solutions and thus enhancing innovation in agribusiness." The institute recently won the Best Poster award at this year's IEEE conference (co-located with RFID Journal LIVE! 2019) for an RFID system to ensure the correct usage of security equipment in the electrical sector (see Eldorado Research Institute Project Saves Lives via RFID).

The new solutions will allow communication over long distances with low power consumption and high reliability. Applications include soil sensing, weather forecasting with locally installed meteorological stations, the rational use of water by machines and agricultural implementations, and the tracking and location of diverse equipment. "The partnership will expand the creation of innovative solutions for agronomists, and this will bring great benefits to the industry," Polidoro explains. "Through innovations, it will be possible to analyze the lesser use of pesticides to make production more sustainable and profitable."

The agreement reaffirms Embratel's commitment to Brazilian agribusiness to bring infrastructure and solutions to more remote regions, such as fields and forests. Embratel has already been working with agro stations, sensors and NB-IoT networks in several projects for the segment, and it recently announced new solutions specific to agribusiness, focused on digital agriculture, connected silos and connected forests.

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