PLANT SENSORS FOR SCIENCE & INDUSTRY

ROOTED IN SCIENCE

The development of the FYTA Beam resulted in a product that is so flexible and mature that we can also support many applications in science and industry. Our multidisciplinary team of engineers, plant and data scientists are happy to advise.

A COMPACT, MULTI-VARIANT PLANT SENSOR

The FYTA Beam is an affordable crop sensor that basically measures four parameters:

  • Volumetric water content (VWC) in %
  • Electrical Conductivity (EC) in mS/cm
  • Photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) in µmol/m2/sec and days
  • Slight integral (DLI) in mol/m2/day
  • Ambient temperature in C

MEASUREMENT ACCURACY AT RESEARCH LEVEL

The FYTA Beam uses our proprietary technology approach based on impedance spectroscopy to achieve a measurement accuracy for ground measurements that does justice to your research and development projects. Factory calibrations include mineral soil, conventional potting soil and perlite. Custom calibrations are available upon request.

FLEXIBLE, WIRELESS IoT SOLUTION FOR LARGE NETWORKS

The FYTA Beam makes large sensor networks economically viable. The sensors are wireless and can be adapted to different pot sizes via interchangeable soil probes and is ideal for networks of up to 500 sensors. We use a combination of Low Energy BLE and WiFi for data transmission.

API ACCESS

We offer API access and a user-friendly dashboard with csv and excel data downloads.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • measurement data

    Measurement data Volumetric water content (VWC) in %

    Electrical conductivity (EC) in mS/cm2/sec and

    Photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) in µmol/m

    Ambient temperature: °C

  • Long range and measurement accuracy

    In the range between VWC 0-65%, the beam measures with a variance of +/- 5%. A higher accuracy or measuring range can be achieved with a media-specific calibration.

    EC: 0.3 - 1.7 mS/cm variance PAR: up to 2,000 μmol/s with a variance of +/-0.5%

    EC: 0.3 - 1.7 mS/cm variance PAR: up to 2,000 μmol/s with a variance of +/-0.5%

  • measurement interval

    One measurement per hour; Higher measuring frequencies can be offered

  • power supply

    Battery cell CR2032, with a lifespan of 12 months.

  • communication protocol

    BLE 5 low energy, WiFi via the FYTA Hub

  • setting time

    1 second

  • Operating ambient temperature

    -5ºC - 60ºC

  • waterproof

    IPX5

  • dimensions

    56 x 32mm (body), 75mm (standard probe length), soil probes in different lengths available

Case Study

Determination of stress conditions of plants

As part of a joint project with FYTA, a working group from the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at the HU Berlin is investigating the stress conditions of plants.

The working group checks FYTA's AI-based threshold values for stress conditions and determines vegetation indices using FYTA sensors and other measurement methods such as hyperspectral imaging. Furthermore, FYTA sensors are used to test the performance of different soil substrates. This type of experiment is particularly important in urban conditions, as plants are subject to particular stresses.

The project is financed by the Investment Bank Berlin and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

© Marvin Krueger