Teralytic is a US-based precision agriculture firm creating a connected hardware and software platform to improve a farm’s yield by monitoring the growing conditions of the soil. By offering low-cost and easy-to-use NPK soil sensor hardware, each platform packed with sophisticated soil sensing capabilities allows crop data to be available on a farmer’s mobile device or laptop in nearly real time by using an efficient and robust wireless technology to transmit data to a central hub.
Baseline data collected by the proof-of-concept prototype was used to gauge the functionality requirements and create a reliable, DFM-ready design that feels at home amongst the tools of a farm. The soil probe consists of two components: 1) a “head” to sit above ground and house higher cost components such as the wireless technology, and 2) a “shaft” to be embedded in the ground making contact with the soil and house the less expensive sensors. Neutral colored plastics contrast with the bright orange pieces to indicate important touch points to the user, also making it identifiable in a crop field. The rugged, durable design allows the sensor to withstand the elements while accurately relaying the necessary data. Each sensor is created to communicate to the hub over several kilometers of range and withstand months and years of use buried in the earth.