Organisation Name: SWAN Systems
Name: Tim Hyde
Category: Precision Agriculture & Predictive Data Analytics
SWAN – an analytics platform that guides irrigation & nutrient scheduling for superior economic & environmental returns.
The Problem And How You Are Solving It:
Irrigation consumes 70% of the world’s freshwater but increasing scarcity & quality issues are creating economic, environmental and social drivers for improved efficiency and compliance. SWAN is a predictive and scalable software solution delivering precise information for enhanced decision making to reduce water use and optimise crop performance. SWAN collects data via telemetry to
process by proprietary algorithms for irrigation/nutrient scheduling and monitoring capability. It is automated and configurable to ensure a tailored outcome. SWAN is uniquely hardware independent
for adaptation to existing infrastructure and the only system to integrate a nutrient module covering the increased use of nonpotable water with eutrophication considerations. SWAN is applicable
to any irrigation industry, whether it be turf, agriculture, horticulture, sports grounds, or the recycled water sector.
SWAN Systems is a web-based analytics platform that incorporates the latest technologies to schedule and monitor optimal water and nutrient application rates for the irrigation industry. Telemetry is used to receive a range of data inputs including 7-day site-specific weather forecasts, actual irrigated volumes applied and soil moisture readings, weather station observation data & satellite imagery. This data is then processed by algorithms in reference to soil type, crop type, water source, phenological phase and type of irrigation hardware to inform the user as to the right time and amount of water to be applied. The nutrient module monitors fertiliser mixes, timing of applications and nutrient uptake curves and tracks this in the context of the irrigation program. It is
estimated that up to 80% of a plant’s productivity is tied to watering and fertilisation activity, so getting these programs right is essential for superior crop performance. SWAN is about collecting data from multiple sites and running it through configurable settings to give onground management all the tools to achieve precise agronomic requirements specific to a crop type, region or country. It also allows for technical expertise to oversee crop irrigation and nutrient application simply and easily from anywhere in the world.