Startup Europe Awards

Evvos is the Luxemburg winner for the Agritech category

Country: Luxembourg

Category: Agritech

Project Aim: Evvos designs and develops hardware, firmware and cloud integration services platform. Our in-house hardware and software teams collaborate to ensure optimal interoperability between sensors, data acquisition devices and software.

What problem Evvos wants to solve?

Of the EU agricultural land, only 60% is arable, 34% permanent pastures and gazing, and 6% permanent crops, such as fruits, berries, nuts, citrus, olives and vineyards. (source: EU Scientific Foresight Study IP/G/STOA/FWC/2013-1/Lot 7/SC5). It is clear that feeding people requires increased productivity, if only to maintain the output of the agricultural sector.

How can we to improve the situation?

Increasing output and maintaining food security and safety standards requires digital technologies to monitor and optimize agricultural production processes. For example, saving water and costs during irrigation periods must be based on the fact that only the right amount of water is used – a decision based on data gathered by soil moisture sensors, rain gauges, and weather predictions. Also, applying fertilizers when wind speed is above certain thresholds is ineffective. Therefore, it is important to measure variations in conditions within a field to prevent farmers from applying the same amount [of fertilizers] over an entire agricultural field.

What did Evvos develope to find a solution?

As a result of this research, Evvos has designed and developed OneSense Agriculture – a compact cost-effective, battery-powered wireless data acquisition device for precision agriculture. It allows our partners to receive data from soil moisture and soil temperature probes, rain gauges, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, relative humidity and temperature, and leaf wetness sensors. A new service we offer since the beginning of 2018 is geotagging or the ability to add geographical identification metadata to OneSense Agriculture. In addition, Evvos’ Cloud Integration Services (CIS) application was extended to enable any precision agriculture platform to easily integrate data acquired by sensors connected to Evvos’ devices.

What has accomplished in the past?

Evvos S.A. is a technology company developing wireless battery-powered data acquisition devices for precision agriculture, environmental and industrial monitoring. In 2016, Evvos was approached by a client and asked if it is possible to design data loggers/devices capable of acquiring, processing and transmitting data from a wide variety of agricultural sensors. The solution must be reliable, easy to be deployed and maintained by farmers and cost-effective. Our approach was to first conduct a research on the topic–precision agriculture—and then to analyse what would be the best way to create a solution to comply with client’s requirements. Population growth and climate change, along with economic pressure pose considerable challenges to the increasing demands of agricultural intensification. According to the United Nations, 9.8 billion people will live on the Earth by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. In the EU, increasing urbanization and forestry result in gradually declining land, available for agriculture.

What does this recognition mean for Evvos and what is it doing right now?

Today, we process millions of sensor messages transmitted over the Sigfox Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) Network. Farmers are now able to use disease prediction models and make informed decisions based on sensor data. As a CEO, I am honoured to represent Luxembourg at the Startup Europe Awards, grateful to all the people who voted for Evvos, and proud that our team and technology are making a difference.