digital agriculture webinar recap

a full replay, a condensed deck and questions from our webinar answered

the webinar

Below is a full replay as well as a downloadable PDF of the slides used for the presentation.


the questions

Below are all of the questions we received during our digital agriculture webinar.

Does nio offer a rules engine that allows for the creation of rules that act on the data and make decisions faster?
Yes, unlike many other software services that provide a rules engine as a separate stand-alone function, the nio Platform provides the user the ability to configure operations and transform data integrated within the development ecosystem itself. For reference, please view these short video introductions:
Specific to agriculture, scouting is the act of a person walking or riding through the farm making observations and notations of said finding. The nio Platform treats these human observations like all other sensor data, and integrates the two to provide more powerful context. As digital agriculture matures, it’s imperative that the human aspect or “art” of agriculture is not lost.
As we mentioned during the webinar, we loathe the notion of the government having to regulate common sense. However, something must quickly be done to curb the water crisis that now seems inevitable.
With our commitment to the community, we hope to share as openly as possible. However, because the nio Platform does not mandate centralized storage, the data may not be within our care and custody.
Phil Asmundson: In 2019 we do have specific monitoring and operational objectives:
  • -Continue to refine the nio irrigation algorithms.
  • -Better incorporate scouting observations in the data intelligence system.
  • -Fully integrate DSV’s chemical and fertilizer application (requires a minor plumbing) change.
  • -Now that our data warehouse is stable with good performance history, we plan to push deeper into machine learning (ML).
  • -Continue to study the effects of rainfall on a granular basis within the vineyard.
  • -Continuously evaluate new and lower cost sensor technologies.
The industry is changing before our eyes. We welcome and have begun to encourage collaboration with educational institutions. If you’re a student, hit us up and we will work with you or your school to get you access to the nio Platform.
No, we federate all host environments from cloud to chip.
As you may have guessed, it depends. All farms are different and the cost varies depending on the existing infrastructure available. As for the nio licensing itself, we have various pricing models to accommodate individual customer requirements.
Yes, to support any vertical, we believe that a certain level of subject matter expertise will reside within our corporate operating model and in cooperation with our partners.
We continuously strive to simplify user adoption, deployment, and maintenance. Today, we believe we are the best in class from a user simplicity standpoint. However, users do need to have a technical understanding and intermediate level IT or systems administration skills.
Yes, yes, yes! If you have ideas, let us know
Think about this, what percentage of your daily life includes the use of water from a tap or otherwise. Every time water moves (fluid motion), pumps, valves, and actuators are generally behind the scenes. Most fluid motion requires electricity. Globally, the statistics tied to poor water management are staggering and range from 50-80% waste - wasting water directly correlates to wasting energy.
Today we measure moisture with multi-level capacitive sensors. We have considered NPK sensors but have not yet deployed any experiments. If you have a successful experience, please let us know at and let’s discuss.
We believe nio is scalable to all crops. The actual sensor applications will vary by crop and by use case. As we mentioned during the webinar, our goal for 2019 growing season is to expand beyond wine grapes via lead crop users and partners. Please let us know at if you have an application in mind.
Our challenge isn’t specific to sensors. Frankly, we have no bias to sensors. The market challenge is more on the sensors packaging and pricing. For instance, the results we have seen using moisture sensors are terrific. But, today we have yet to find a moisture sensor manufacturer capable of scaling with mass adoption pricing.

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