Agricultural Problems ZeRo.agri Aims to Solve
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Zero.agri (ZA), developed by Routrek Networks, is a turn-key, IoT solution for traditional, soil-culture farming, that optimizes and automates irrigation/ fertilization, thereby 1. Reducing water and fertilizer usage by half and 2. Reducing labor for irrigation/fertilization by 90%, and at the same time, 3. Increasing yield for experienced and newer farmers by 30 % and 100%, respectively (actual result). With the increased yield and the decreased input (water, fertilizer, labor), Return on Investment period for a typical farmer in Japan is just 1 year.

How ZeRo.agri Works
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ZA consists of four components; 1. Drip irrigation tubes and pumps, which are common agricultural equipment. 2. IoT sensors and a Control unit that reside in a farm, typically a greenhouse 3. A Cloud system, and 4. A Tablet viewer.

Drip irrigation method can reduce input (water, fertilizer) and increase output when used correctly. However, this requires ...
Agricultural Problems ZeRo.agri Aims to Solve
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Zero.agri (ZA), developed by Routrek Networks, is a turn-key, IoT solution for traditional, soil-culture farming, that optimizes and automates irrigation/ fertilization, thereby 1. Reducing water and fertilizer usage by half and 2. Reducing labor for irrigation/fertilization by 90%, and at the same time, 3. Increasing yield for experienced and newer farmers by 30 % and 100%, respectively (actual result). With the increased yield and the decreased input (water, fertilizer, labor), Return on Investment period for a typical farmer in Japan is just 1 year.

How ZeRo.agri Works
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ZA consists of four components; 1. Drip irrigation tubes and pumps, which are common agricultural equipment. 2. IoT sensors and a Control unit that reside in a farm, typically a greenhouse 3. A Cloud system, and 4. A Tablet viewer.

Drip irrigation method can reduce input (water, fertilizer) and increase output when used correctly. However, this requires much experience as well as farmer’s time and attention. ZA automates the operation of tubes and pumps by the use of the IoT sensors and the Control unit, and the Cloud system.

How Automation Works
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The IoT sensors detect the condition of soil and the amount of sunlight, and send the data to the Cloud system. Proprietary algorithms residing on the Cloud calculate and predict the optimal amount of water and fertilizer necessary for plants, and send the information to the Control unit. The Control unit controls the pumps and tubes, so that the soil condition is optimal for the plants’ growth at all times, which was impossible in traditional farming. A farmer can monitor the condition of soil, sunlight, and plant growth on a Tablet viewer.

Actual Results
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ZA has been installed in 8 prefectures in Japan for 12 kinds of vegetables / flower. The most popular application is tomatoes. Selected results include: Experience cucumber farmer: 26 % increase in the yield. Experience Tomato farmer: 28% increase in the yield. New cherry tomato farmer: 110% increase in the yield.

There are installations in Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.
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