By providing an IoT architecture, this good practice of smart viticulture enables efficiency and productivity with a non-negligible impact on the environment.
In recent years, the use of various wireless sensors, drones, satellite images and other measurement tools has introduced the concept of a smart viticulture.
Smart viticulture is based on observation, measurement and collection of environmental parameters to optimize wine production and reduce damaging environmental impact.
However, the biggest disadvantage of smart viticulture are maintenance costs and the initial investing capital.
In addition to solving long-term environmental challenges caused by excessive consumption of drinking water and agrochemicals, this good practice provides the winemakers with access to necessary tools, data and skills as well.
Supported by UL, this good practice will empower winegrowers with workable data which will enable them to better control their wine production and quality.
Overall, the developed good practice based on the IoT solutions of the architecture of LoRaWAN connectivity will lower production costs and consequently foster a more sustainable viti-viniculture.

Resources needed

The IoT solution, developed within this good practice uses a sensor system with LoRaWAN connectivity, which is known for being cost efficient, is low maintenance and is durable. Initial founding is 2500 euros (equipment costs).

Evidence of success

We consider this is a good practice as it addressees the pressing issue of the sustainable viti-viniculture especially in rural areas. Our practice is cost efficient and helps winegrowers improve wine production and quality.

Results achieved so far:
• academic paper which will be presented at 29th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference, 21. - 22. September 2020
• active work with the stakeholders
• preparation of the equipment.

Difficulties encountered

Two main challenges:
• Initial capital and maintenance costs
• Ensuring more communication locally in order to change people’s behavior towards digital transformation (driving up the demand for innovative ICT-based solutions)

Potential for learning or transfer

This is a good practice of human-centered digital transformation with potential to be transferred to other regions, interested in the development of smart viticulture, which is fostering sustainable development in agriculture.
The key successful factors are involvement of key stakeholders of winegrowers and provision of the IoT solution which is cost efficient, of low maintenance and is all and all durable.
Provided IoT solution can also be easily applied to other agricultural activities.
Main institution
Zahodna Slovenija,
Start Date
May 2020
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