LoRaWAN Station

LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is a wireless communication protocol designed for low-power, wide-area networks (LPWAN) used in IoT applications. It enables long-range communication with low power consumption, making it well-suited for connecting battery-operated devices over extended distances.  

LoRaWAN auto-sustainable field meter station is a crucial component for all the mandatory crops for the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. We have now deployed 20 sensors at Palmira's campus, with more to come, covering a vast area of several kilometers. This station will collect valuable data that will be instrumental in understanding the behavior of key physical variables in the soil for drought and control bean genotypes trials, benefiting breeders and analysts alike.  

Moreover, our web application enables users to conveniently monitor and remotely download the collected data. We are thrilled about this significant milestone as it marks the first step towards scaling our research efforts and implementing cutting-edge technologies developed by our team in the Alliance.

Our vision is to replicate this system not only in remote areas of Colombia but also worldwide, particularly in Africa and Asia, where innovative solutions are in high demand for breeding programs.  

This significant accomplishment was made possible by the unwavering dedication and remarkable expertise of the Bean Physiology team, led by Milan Urban. Additionally, the invaluable contributions of Mechatronics Associates Duvan Pineda, Harold Diaz, and Fabricio Soto played a pivotal role in achieving this milestone. 

In what context is this tool useful?

LoRaWAN is widely used in various IoT applications, including smart city deployments, agriculture monitoring, asset tracking, industrial automation, and environmental monitoring. In addition, LoRaWAN is well-suited for agricultural and environmental monitoring applications. It enables farmers and researchers to deploy sensors across large areas of farmland or natural environments to monitor soil moisture, temperature, humidity, weather conditions, and other parameters. 

Contact people

Milan Urban – m.urban@cgiar.org (Principal Scientist).

Harold Diaz - h.diaz@cgiar.org (Main Developer)

Fabricio Soto – f.soto@cgiar.org (Technical Support).