As a team of multiple disciplines, we joined our efforts to come up with an idea to help farmers rationalize the usage of water in irrigating their fields. G-Beetle is a rover that is equipped with various sensors that enable it to manoeuvre the fields while monitoring the soil’s water content, in addition to the plants’ temperature. This collected data is combined together with global weather forecasts and data on climate change effects in the region.
The resulted data is useful for measuring the efficiency of the irrigation systems, and the discovery of which areas need extra care to protect the plants from damage due to water stress. This is essential for the farmer as water stress affects the crop yield significantly and also, if not caught early, can lead to the death of the plant. The data also indicates if a certain plant or area is in danger of an infestation and therefore, quick actions can be taken in order to save the crop.
The results of the analysis are then sent to the farmer, through a mobile application, in the form of recommendations and warnings to provide the farmer with the ability to preserve his crops by taking effective measures. Hence, we help in tackling the effect of climate change by helping farmers reduce their water consumption and provide healthier food by detecting any type of infestation at the early stages.