For more than a decade Gotham Analytics has been developing and producing complex remote monitoring systems for industrial applications. Our technology is generally deployed in challenging environments where standard power and communication infrastructure is limited or non-existent.
We were among the first to fully integrate sensors, power management, and satellite technology to enable remote access to critical assets globally.
Our technology has been deployed in, electric substations, hydro electric dams, water quality on the Chesapeake Bay, plantations in South Sumatra, and advance flood warning systems. We've withstood several natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Irene with zero down-time.
Gotham is now refactoring our industrial platform to accommodate the global agriculture market. Our focus is to enable the millions of smallholder farmers in developed and developing markets to leverage our cutting edge IoT technology for a fraction of the cost.
Through our efforts we hope to promote sustainable farming methods, food security, and the preservation of natural resources. We also envision improved financial health and awareness for farmers, homeowners, and consumers in general.
Our Alpha Platform is an all encompassing solution which consists of simple integrated ground sensors, power management, proprietary local wireless protocol, robust data analysis, and optional remote access using satellite networks.
A network dedicated to agriculture, farming, and horticulture
A central repository for data, analysis, and notifications
Ground sensors to collect field-data and post to our cloud
A complete end-to-end solution optimized for efficiency and simplicity but flexible enough to adapt to a variety of requirements. Configurable for soil type, depth, moisture level, and location.
With the inclusion integrated satellite coverage we can offer service where others cannot. While other solutions are dependent on local cellular connections which can vary in cost and reliability by geography, our solution is delivered at a fixed cost and highly deterministic behavior. Our experience has shown that satellite service can be cost effective and competitive to cellular if implemented properly.
There have been many advancements in home-automation, irrigation, and crop management systems. Solution providers generally focus on one facet of the problem and the user is faced with integrating or augmenting with other technologies.
At Gotham we focused on developing the infrastructure to support robust monitoring systems and then incorporated sensors, data analysis, and other application specific features.
The end result is self-sufficient platform that can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively with a high probability of success.
We've been fortunate enough to interact with and learn from some of the most influential organizations in the agriculture market. These organizations include, The World Bank, USDA-ARS, Land PKS, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (now the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority), and Cargill.
Our data analysis will be integrated with the USDA-ARS Land PKS App for soil information to support more efficient irrigation scheduling. This is one of several benefits that we offer. The inclusion of real-time sensor data and other third-party information will greatly enhance and compliment the analysis.
Since entering the Agriculture market we've successfully completed pilot projects with several global organizations. Our experience includes Palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, Rice fields in Vietnam, Vineyards in California, and Estuaries in New Jersey.
Some research has shown that up 80% of our food comes from small family farms in emerging markets. Most of these farmers live on $2 a day per person. While it's widely accepted that the adoption of technology would benefit the global market and improve food security, most technology solutions are not financially feasible.
In addition to the cost barrier, we've also addressed ease-of-use, communication in remote areas, deterministic behavior, and consistent quality-of-service across all geographic regions.
Smallholder and family owned farms are at the forefront of our global food supply. Farmers strive daily to reduce cost and improve efficiency. Examples include managing irrigation, early detection of water stress, monitoring crop health, and data analysis for better decision making. Regardless of the application, there is no debate on the benefits of leveraging technology.
Experts say that by 2050 our population will reach 9.1B and we'll need to increase our food production by 70%. While our population and needs will increase our farmable land and water supply will remain the same.
In addition to exploring new food sources, waste conservation, more resilient species of food, we need to also focus on sustainable production and maximizing our efforts with existing resources. The Alpha Platform is well suited to supporting this process.
Being socially responsible requires a efforts from all of us personally. As non-farming consumers we can still leverage the Alpha Platform and make a difference.
Homeowners, forestry professionals, property managers, landscapers, municipalities, and engineering firms all have a need for accurate and timely information about ground moisture. The average homeowner in the U.S. spends approximately $9.70 each time the lawn in watered.