IoTea from Mengding Mountain

While tea growing has enjoyed a long history in China, the new generation of tea farmers finds it a tough task to carry on their family legacy in traditional ways. Deng is a millennial farmer who has taken over his family’s 3.3-hectare tea plantation, situated at 1100 meters above sea level in Mengding Mountain near Ya’an City, Sichuan Province in Southwest China.

With the solution deployed in the tea plantation, Deng is able to monitor the following environmental data which are crucial to tea quality. Among these data, air humidity, temperature, and atmospheric pressure are the main parameters proving the tea’s high-mountain environment.

Real time data

  • Air Temperature
  • Air Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Light Intensity
  • CO2
  • Soil Moisture
  • Soil Temperature

The environmental data collected provides insights for Deng to manage the farm more efficiently, and with lower labor cost.

More importantly, the historical and real-time environmental data of the farm where their tea is from is made available to end customers, who simply scan the QR code on the tea’s packaging to access the webpage containing the data in graphs. Thus, the tea-growing environment is traceable by the customers, proving the green tea they are enjoying is in fact from the high mountains.

In this way, Deng can gradually build up his brand with loyal customers, and supply to end-users directly with a better price, instead of only selling to large tea companies who dominate the market.

It's been three years, you can see the weatherbeaten SenseCAP still works like a charm after being deployed at Mr. Deng’s tea plantation at Mengding Mountain (1000meters above sea level) !

Challenge or problem: Deng has encountered the following problems: low planting density, with high management cost uneven budding, with a low yield difficulty in demonstrating the tea’s organic environment in the high mountains, thus making it difficult to get a good price or recognition for his brand, YI YE SHENG.
Solution: To tackle these problems, Deng was willing to embrace smart farming technology. He was immediately an ideal candidate when we began searching for a pilot farm to test Seeed’s SenseCAP, the wireless IoT sensor network solution. The smart agriculture solution, which is wittily named “IoTea” for this pilot tea project, was deployed in Deng’s plantation in the high-altitude Mengding Mountain in 2018.
Result: SenseCAP LoRaWAN products deployed in high-mountain tea plantations in Sichuan province, helping tea farmers increase efficiency and customer trust.
Platform(s) Included in Success Story: Seeed Studio SenseCAP Platform
Device(s) Included in Success Story: SenseCAP LoRaWAN Air Temperature and Humidity Sensor, SenseCAP LoRaWAN Barometric Pressure Sensor, SenseCAP LoRaWAN Light Intensity Sensor, SenseCAP LoRaWAN CO2 Sensor, SenseCAP LoRaWAN Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor.
Additional Components Included in Success Story: SenseCAP LoRaWAN Gateway
Industries (Solutions):
Focus: Sub-Metering
Agriculture
Cities & Municipalities
Health & Healthcare
Infrastructure
Energy & Heating
Logistics
Manufacturing
Production
Properties & Buildings
Retail
Security & Safety
Other
Functionality (Devices):
ACCELERATION
AIR HUMIDITY
AIR PARTICLES
AIR PRESSURE
AIR TEMPERATURE
ANALOG INPUT TRANSMITTER
BAROMETRIC PREASSURE
BUTTON / SWITCH
CARBON MONIXIDE
CATTLE TRACKING
CHEMICAL
CO2
COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT
DENDROMETER
DIGITAL INPUT TRANSMITTER
DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE
DISTANCE
DOOR ACTIVITY
ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY
ELECTRICITY METERING
GAS DETECTION
GAS METERING
GYROSCOPE
HUMIDITY
HVAC MONITORING
INCLINOMTETER
INDOOR ENVIRONMENT
INFRARED PYROMETER
IR
LEAF WETNESS
LEAKAGE
LEVEL
LIGHT
LIGHTNING AVERAGE DISTANCE
LIGHTNING STRIKE COUNT
LIQUID LEVEL
MBUS - LoRaWAN BRIDGE
MODBUS - LoRaWAN BRIDGE
MOISTURE
MOTION DETECTION
MOVEMENT
MULTI PURPOSE
NITRIC OXIDE
NITROGEN DIOXIDE
NOISE LEVEL
OCCUPANCY
OPEN / CLOSE
OPTICAL DISOLVED OXYGEN
OPTICAL PULSE COUNTER
OVERFLOW MONITORING
OXYGEN
OZONE
PAR LIGHT
PARKING OCCUPANCY
PARTICULATE MATTER (PM)
PASSAGE DETECTION
PEST CONTROL
pH LEVEL
PHOTOSYNTHETICALLY ACTIVE RADIATION
POSITION / TRACKING / GPS
PRESSURE
PROXIMITY
PULSE COUNTER
RAIN GAUGE
RELATIVE HUMIDITY
RELEASE BUTTON
REMOTE POWER SOCKET
REMOTE RADIATOR CONTROLLER
REMOTE VALVE
SALTINITY
SMOKE DETECTION
SOIL MOISTURE / IRRIGATION
SOIL TEMPERATURE
SOIL VOLUMETRIC WATER CONTENT (VWC)
SOLAR RADIATION
SOUND
STRAIN/WEIGHT
STRUCTURAL LOAD
STRUCTURAL TENSION
SURFACE TEMPERATURE
TEMPERATURE
TILT MONITORING
TURBIDITY
TVOC
VAPOR PRESSURE
VEHICLE COUNTER
VIBRATION
VOC
WASTE MANAGEMENT
WATER FAULT CIRCUIT BREAKER
WATER METERING
WATER TEMPERATURE
WEIGHING SCALE
WIND DIRECTION
WIND GUST
WIND SPEED
WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE
Applicable Environment (Devices):
Indoor
Outdoor
IP Rating (Devices): IP66
Access technology: LoRaWAN
Certified members: Seeed Studio
Contact information: Contact: Andy DH Pan, Email: dahong.pan@seeed.cc
Company website: www.seeed.cc
Listing created Sep 13, 2021

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