Orange teams up with Dacom on “smart agriculture” services

Orange Business Services has announced a new deal with Dacom under which it is to provide M2M connectivity services to improve the efficiency of arable farming in more than 30 countries.

The “smart agriculture” service will see Orange (Paris, France) provide connectivity for the range of devices and sensors that Dacom (Emmen, Netherlands) supplies to its agricultural customers around the world.

Orange Business Services has announced a new deal with Dacom under which it is to provide M2M connectivity services to improve the efficiency of arable farming in more than 30 countries.

The “smart agriculture” service will see Orange (Paris, France) provide connectivity for the range of devices and sensors that Dacom (Emmen, Netherlands) supplies to its agricultural customers around the world.

Orange will be able to collect and transmit data from these devices, which include weather stations and soil moisture sensors, allowing growers to continuously monitor and fine-tune their production processes throughout the growing season.

The service will also allow crop information to be easily shared with surrounding partners.

Orange and Dacom say the aim is to help agricultural businesses improve raw material supply through consultation of field data and smart modules, boosting crop yields through more informed usage of agri-inputs like chemicals, water and nutrients.

The French operator says Dacom will benefit from having a single global provider of M2M communications infrastructure, offer scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and one price per SIM card – regardless of location.

“The M2M communications infrastructure provided by Orange Business Services is key to Dacom’s go-to-market strategy as the customers are requiring global support and connectivity,” said Janneke Hadders, the managing director of Dacom. “Orange is our partner of choice because of the company’s international footprint and smart agriculture ambition.

“Our partnership has the potential to support us with managed services for Dacom’s platform, not only today, but also in the future,” he added.