DHL and Huawei announced a partnership on Wednesday to build a network of IoT devices to help farmers and ranchers better understand their local environment and to help them conserve water.
The initiative, called IoT, combines IoT technology with sensors that help farmers manage their land.
The two companies said they would work together to create smart sensors and smart devices that can be connected to a farm or ranch.DHL said it would develop a sensor-based data-management tool that can provide farmers and ranches with insight into how they are using their land, their operations and their environment.
Huawei said the partnership would enable farmers and other land users to better understand how their products are being used and to make better decisions about how to use them.
The companies said the IoT sensors could also help ranchers monitor and conserve their land and improve efficiency.
“We are excited to partner with Huawei on the development of a platform that will help farmers understand how to manage their products in a more efficient and cost-effective manner,” said DHL’s Chief Information Officer, Eric Nisbet, in a statement.
Huang Dong, the CEO of Huawei, said in a post on the company’s website that the IoT platform would enable “the farmer to optimize the use of their products by allowing them to better control how they use water, air and other products on their farm.”
Nisbet said the collaboration is a way to “connect farmers to the information and resources they need to effectively manage their farm, as well as the information that they provide to the government and the public.”
The two companies are working together to develop a prototype of the platform, which would enable both farmers and landowners to better manage their agricultural operations and save money.
Nisbitsaid the prototype would allow both farmers to monitor and collect data from sensors that would enable them to make more informed decisions about the amount of water and other resources that they are providing.
He said farmers could also track how they feed their livestock, whether they are spraying pesticides on their crops, or whether they have a water restriction.
Huangs development of the technology could help both farmers, ranchers and the government better understand the benefits of their farms, he said.
Huands technology would also enable farmers to identify the environmental impact of their operations.
DHL said the technology would allow farmers to better monitor their operations using data from the sensor, which could allow them to improve efficiency and save water.
Huanks solution could also be used to improve irrigation management for farmers, Nisbit said.
Dhl said farmers and farmers would be able to easily integrate IoT sensors into their irrigation systems and be able more easily determine the environmental effects of their irrigation practices.
The company said it will work with farmers to build the platform.