IoT Intelligent Farming System
Intelligent Farming System - Introduction
NuPoint, our client, who is a farming software solutions provider from Australia, understood that farmers needed a powerful, unified, intelligent farming system that connects all the relevant touchpoints and processes the received data to streamline the farming processes. In order to optimize all the farming processes and bring abundant harvests, this new farm cultivation system needed to:
Our client already created a hardware prototype based on the Internet of Things approach and would address the requirements and solve the problem farmers encountered. They wanted to extend their software development capacity and were looking for a long-term software development partnership. They found that Shinetech experts’ experience in mobile app development, custom website development, extensive IoT experience, as well as system interconnectedness suited them perfectly, so we started a long-term collaboration.
The Solution – bring IoT-based intelligent farming system into the industry
The problem the client encountered came in the development phase – namely, for the idea to be feasible and sustainable, the client needed a team of knowledgeable, expert developers that would assist them in:
Strengthen Communication by Transparent Progress
How did we complete all of the client’s requirements in three months and develop a working solution? The overall development process was entirely transparent for the client, and they knew exactly where the software stood during its development phases. Through the use of daily email updates, instant messaging platforms, and project management tools, the customer understood the development progress directly and, based on it, provided adequate feedback on time. Our team was very keen on receiving the said feedback as it helped tremendously improve the submitted functions and quickly solve the issues our team encountered. It also provided the appropriate support for coordinating the resources.
We also established weekly video conferences to further strengthen the customer and the Shinetech team’s contact. Not only did constant and consistent communication build trust and provide support for both sides, but it was also the key to delivering great working software at a steady pace. Our client relied on receiving updates regularly as it helped them with their daily operations.
Continuous integration by Two-week Iteration Process
We needed to ensure that the intelligent farming system consistently met the client’s needs. To achieve this goal, we adopted the ‘continuous integration, two weeks iteration’ practice so that we could enable the client to use, evaluate, and voice their thoughts in all software development stages. That’s established the development phase that consisted of several bi-weekly sprints. After completing each development sprint, we received extensive feedback and then promptly implemented it into our software. The received feedback, in turn, allowed our team to find and solve problems effectively, thus achieving higher development efficiency and mitigating the potential risks.
Finally, in order to understand the client’s users better, our experts visited the farms on multiple occasions. It was essential for us to comprehend how well the system Shinetech built performed in real-world circumstances, so our team members spent four weeks onsite on their first visit. That is why our experts accompanied machine operators in the cabins and experienced first-hand how the hardware was used. While being in the cabin with the drivers, they thoroughly tested the system, discussed all the details with the end-users, and examined how the system and all its parts performed under poor network connectivity. We then established frequent visits to retest the system and ensure all the components worked as intended.
Strengthen Communication by Transparent Progress
The Results - a fully functional intelligent farming system
For the duration of this project’s development phase, the Shinetech team and the client encountered numerous barriers and difficulties. Building such an extensive IoT farming intelligent system meant that every small component needed to perform its function and synchronize well with the other parts of the system. Furthermore, integrating the hardware itself into the IoT system brought its own set of issues we needed to resolve. And lastly, the system required security and stability since IoT systems generally had a bad reputation of lacking security measurements. Regardless, our team successfully overcame these difficulties by applying our professional knowledge, problem-solving skills, and diligent and proactive attitude. Some examples where this collaboration came to its full effect were:
The software Shinetech built supports more than 20 farms today; the system connects over 150 cultivation machines and has processed more than 700 Gb of data. The project is still active, and our experts are working on expanding it further, so we expect these numbers to increase in the near future.
Lance Nuttall CEO, NuPoint
“Leon and his team were responsible for developing our software system and the hardware integration. His technical knowledge, leadership and experience working in software technology has been impressive. The team are talented, efficient, dedicated and extremely resourceful, they have developed a system which is adaptable to any industry.” — Lance NuPoint Systems Inc.— Lance NuPoint Inc.
Working in the field
The team behind the intelligent farming system
We at Shinetech understand how essential it is for the client to receive working software at regular intervals, incorporate the client’s feedback into the development processes, and have a consistent development pace. The team that worked with NuPoint did their best to answer all questions, demands, and expectations the client had in order to develop great software for them and help them with their business goals. They are the true Shinetech champions.
Coco was deeply integrated with both the team and the client for this project. Because of this, she developed a deep understanding of the client's business and helped implement new ideas while delivering software of the highest quality. Coco's ability has grown with Shinetech; she continuously learns new skills and is always eager to help others.