Using LiDAR Sensors to Assist Smart Agriculture

As a brand new technology which is based on TOF (Time of Flight), LiDAR is established in the driving industry in the form of a distance sensor. Yet, it is also able to be used as a non-contact level sensor in the management of modern agriculture.

It is possible to integrate the Benewake solid-state LiDAR sensor with an existing smart system such as a precision farming solution. Alternatively, it can simply be used as the level monitor fitted to the top of the feeder or grain bin.

Features and Benefits of LiDAR Grain Gauge Level Monitor

1. Centimeter Accuracy Monitoring in Real Time

The level of grain can be monitored in real time by the Focus High testing frequency LiDAR sensor. This offers Centimeter Accuracy and can deliver the relevant information to both a smart phone and the central control system. Reliable and stable results are offered for industrial use.

It is also able to automatically send full or empty alarms based on user settings. It is possible to estimate real-time grain volume using the grain management system’s algorithm, which is based on the size of the bin.

Depending on varying product ranges, the detection range can be altered between 1-180 m. Clients can locate the correct product to fit their budget and needs.

2. Easy to Install, Easy to Integrate

This can be easily integrated into existing systems, and can be connected to smart phones, security systems, augers, conveyors, solar power devices, and other unloading and uploading equipment. The smart solution equipped with a LiDAR sensor enables managers to remotely monitor their grain. They can simultaneously supervise numerous grain bins in various locations using a smartphone or computer, 24/7.

In modern agricultural trading, data is priceless. Data relating to the grain trading cycle can also be collected by the Benewake LiDAR sensor, for the purposes of business analysis.

3. No Damage to the Bin – Preventing Moisture

In comparison with the existing grain gauge product, which must cut holes on the surface of the bin, the LiDAR sensor does not cause any damage to the surface of the bin. It can reduce the moisture as well as benefitting the long-term storage of grain.

As it is a non-contact level sensor, there is no requirement to clean the contact area in order to prevent worms from last season’s grain. There will also be less pollution for the materials.

4. Cost Effective, Stable, and Reliable

It is only possible for the monitoring of martials’ level to be completed efficiently by 1 single-point LiDAR sensor. This sensor is a solid-state component, which has an extended useful life with mass market price.

5. Highly Protective for Agriculture – Water and Dust Resistant

The Benewake sensor has an enclosure rating of as high as IP67. Benewake products can operate well in an agricultural environment due to their dust and water resistance.

6. Wide Range Operation Temperature for Low Temperature Storage and Outdoor Use

The temperature requirements of different countries and regions can be met by the wide range of operation temperatures (-25 °C ~ 60°). It can operate in a cold environment, as it couples with the grain temperature control system. Thanks to its low power consumption, Benewake can connect the battery or solar power device when there isn’t any power on site.

7. Customized Products – Automatic Cleaning Function is Available

It is possible to customize the Benewake LiDAR sensors for varying types of business. The TF02-C provides a dust-removal function specially designed for grain storage. It is able to automatically clean up a sensor’s lens, thus reducing the danger of cleaning at height as well as lowering labor costs.

It is possible to use the LiDAR level sensor in numerous types of storage, such as the Hopper Tank and the Grain Bin. It is also possible to use it in short-range level monitoring, such as in a Hog Feeder. Moreover, it is possible to use it in a Hopper Dropper at Full-bin sensor, connected with an auger and a conveyor in order to adjust the speed of delivery.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Benewake (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

For more information on this source, please visit Benewake (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

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