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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Irrigation Management Solutions out of 756
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 756 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 AgriTech startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 751 irrigation management solutions, get in touch.
WaterBit offers Remote Irrigation Management
Traditionally, farmers manage irrigation by going on the field and analyzing the condition every day. However, such on-field analysis is inaccurate and prone to human error. At the same time, conventional irrigation requires the continuous presence of farmers on the field to monitor irrigation activity. Therefore, startups are developing remote monitoring and management systems for irrigation.
US-based WaterBit offers remote irrigation management for agriculture. The startup develops a hub-and-spoke model with one gateway acting as the hub and field-based sensors as spokes. The sensors monitor soil conditions, water flow, and pressure along with devices that control pumps and valves. The gateway continuously sends the data to the cloud, enabling remote monitoring and irrigation management through a computer or smartphone.
Agranimo provides Microclimate-based Irrigation Management
Climatic changes affect the water demand of crops grown in both irrigated and rainfed systems. Since the needs of individual plants differ, it becomes difficult to manage irrigation plans without considering the microclimate. To this end, startups are developing microclimate-focused irrigation management systems.
Chilean startup Agranimo provides irrigation management based on changes in the soil and the microclimate. The startup automates climate analysis by combining sensors, weather forecasts, satellite, and drone images with machine learning (ML) algorithms to detect changes in soil conditions. The platform also provides efficiency indices for quick comparison between different sectors in the field. This solution enables farmers to implement sustainable irrigation and improve crop growth.
SoliDrip offers Autonomous Irrigation Management
In urban green spaces, maintaining moisture levels is more challenging since the temperatures fluctuate depending on variance in light, rain, and wind exposure. This, in turn, impacts the yield more than the deficiency of other food nutrients in the plants. Therefore, to maintain moisture levels as per environmental fluctuations in urban spaces, startups are developing irrigation management systems.
Israeli startup SoliDrip offers an autonomous irrigation system for urban green spaces. The solution consists of a Solidripper device, a mechanical valve placed at the plant root system. The device operates autonomously and irrigates the crops by responding to the substrate moisture levels. The system also automatically adjusts to the planting method, growth rate, and changes in the weather conditions. This ensures that farmers require only minimal maintenance support.
Trigger Systems offers Predictive Irrigation Management
An increase in global temperatures triggers higher demand for water to support evapotranspiration by crops and natural vegetation. With rapid changes in climatic conditions, the adaptability of irrigation systems is crucial to support and improve plant health. Therefore, startups are developing predictive irrigation management systems designed specifically for increasing adaptability according to changes in conditions.
Portuguese startup Trigger Systems provides an electric controller for irrigation management. The startup offers three solutions, namely- Pivot Pro, Evolution, and Aquila. Pivot Pro provides remote irrigation monitoring and sends alerts when it detects anomalies while Evolution and Aquila facilitate autonomous predictive irrigation management. The system incorporates local weather forecast data and provides real-time calculation of irrigation efficiency.
FloralPulse provides Microchip-enabled Irrigation Management
The water retention capacity of each plant differs since their trunk tissues contain varying amounts of water. The current irrigation systems support soil moisture conditions but are insufficient in integrating information regarding the water potential of individual plants. To close this gap in information, startups are developing irrigation management solutions that measure the water status of individual plants.
US-based startup FloraPulse provides irrigation management solutions based on stem water potential in fruit and nut crops. The startup embeds a microchip tensiometer into a tree’s woody tissue. This device measures the water status or the water potential of the tree. Then, the system provides data regarding midday stem water potential readings along with scientific irrigation recommendations. FloraPulse enables orchards and vineyard managers in precise irrigation implementation.
Discover more AgriTech Startups
AgriTech startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on intensive farming, pest management, and soil mapping. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the agricultural industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more agricultural technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free AgriTech Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.