The Q-Technologies teams develop soil sensors for agricultural purposes, offering technical review and analysis. The sensors collect data on differing elements such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, in addition to soil humidity, temperature, conductivity and pH levels. These metrics offer farmers a complete health assessment of the soil and making recommendations on how to improve this where necessary.
To increase efficiency and accuracy, Steve and his team reached out to the VEC to evaluate the quality of their sensors and investigate potential improvements.
The VEC developed a system for simultaneously testing multiple soil samples within their facilities. Here, the digital engineers could assess the accuracy of data readings, including chemical agent numbers. These results were then compared to tests of the same samples from another external lab, assessing accuracies and identifying where potential flaws in the sensors could lie.
The VEC then redesigned the system reading from the sensor and gave Q Technologies a new prototype so they could further develop their sensors for improving accuracies. Working alongside a University of Liverpool PhD student, Q Technologies are looking to run additional tests and calibrate the algorithms used.
Working alongside the VEC has enabled Q-Technologies to undergo knowledge transfer sessions, learning more about the quality and effectiveness of their sensors, and exploring how these can be further improved. This method of testing and validating also offers Q-Technologies greater confidence in future testing, knowing their sensors are offering much more accurate readings.
The collaboration with VEC was quick and efficient and their staff were knowledgeable and co-operative.
The outcome resulted in an improved prototype and better understanding going forward.Steve Taylor, Q-Technologies
- Date: Summer 2022
- Tech: Augmented reality, Autonomous systems, Big data, Virtual prototyping
- Sector: Construction