Adaptive Irrigation

Where, When and How Much to Irrigate

Timely prediction of irrigation requirements is crucial for optimizing crop yield and minimizing water and energy resources. However, the calculation of exact crop water needs is a complex multi-factorial process that takes into considerations many aspects including crop characteristics, growth stage, soil type, weather, to name a few.

VAIS IrrigationROBO is a sophisticated irrigation-focused analytics application that captures the complex underlying physical processes affecting crop water needs. It provides farmers with irrigation recommendations with exact water requirements that are constantly changing to accommodate changing field and crop conditions. VAIS IrrigationROBO allows for combined utilization of irrigation and fertilization processes and enables a significantly optimized fertigation process with substantial savings in water and nutrients consumption and improved yield.

Irrigation recommendations and alerts, as well as additional data such as irrigation maps, water stress regions and soil moisture, produced by VAIS IrrigationROBO are provided to users using VAIS FarmGATE as a frontend interface running on mobile/handheld device with GPS, and all inputs and decisions are recorded on the cloud.

VAIS IrrigationROBO in Action

IrrigationROBO detects water requirements and provides region-based optimal irrigation scheduling

Multi-Source Models

To deliver robust predictions, VAIS IrrigationROBO utilizes proprietary deep learning and assimilation algorithms that exploit multi-modal data from a number of sources including:

  • Crop models
  • Satellite imagery
  • Soil data
  • Weather data
  • Elevation models
  • User and sensor input (if available)

Personalized Recommendations

VAIS IrrigationROBO provides users with regular personalized irrigation recommendations with high temporal and spatial resolutions. Precise weather information, such as evapotranspiration (ET), precipitation and humidity, is continuously solicited and used for dynamic site-specific predictions. The utilization of high-resolution aerial imagery, used to compute a number of indices, such as Vegetation Index (NDVI), Water Index (NDWI), Moisture Stress Index (MSI), among others, provides farm- and crop-specific predictions. VAIS IrrigationROBO also uses additional data on farm soil type, micro-topography and crop models to help farmers meet water quotas.

IrrigationROBO Features and Applications

  • Provision of regular (daily and weekly), dynamic field-specific micro irrigation scheduling and notifications
  • Simplifies the process of irrigation planning and meeting allocated water quotas
  • Utilization of multi-sourced, multi-modal complementary data for robust decisions
  • Enables efficient irrigation with significant savings (up to 20%) of water resources
  • Supports several crops (wheat, maize, rice) with more crops in the pipeline
  • Detection and reporting of damaged pipes and problematic irrigation systems

Additional information