Tanunda, South Australia (PRWEB) January 22, 2007
Barossa Valley viticulture consulting company Grocke Viticulture Pty. Ltd. has adopted the ScanControl, Inc. CropTrak software solution for vineyard data collection activities across nearly 1000 Ha. of premium winelands. Everything from pest pressure to nutrient deficiency is being monitored with precise GPS coordinate locations. Data is collected in the field using simple-to-use forms on a PDA or smartphone device and stored in a database. The database is extended using GIS capabilities to deliver almost instant data visualization through secure map report portals.
Vineyard qualitative measurements are being tracked using ScanControl, Inc. CropTrak(tm) software across nearly 1000 Hectares of premium winelands in the Barossa Valley. Everything from pest pressure to nutrient deficiency is being monitored with precise GPS coordinate locations. Brett Grocke, principal at Grocke Viticulture Pty, Ltd. explains: "We are providing far more oversight, taking far more field readings across a greater area than ever before using measurement programs tailored to each grower and vineyard configuration. Data is exported easily and shared with the client completely effortlessly and we're doing this at a price that doesn't raise an eyebrow."
Data is collected in the field using simple-to-use forms on a PDA or smartphone device. The data is stored in a database on the PDA where it is later synchronized with a central database located on a ScanControl, Inc. server. The system is configured through companion desktop software that allows new measurement variables to be added at any time. "We were initially aprehensive about data traveling across the equator to California" Grocke adds, "but the arrangement provides us with multiple levels of redundancy and access to automated ScanControl, Inc. map based reporting services. Our records are automatically inverted so the output always appears right-side-up from a down-under perspective."
The (http://www.scancontrol.com) ScanControl, Inc. field data collection software and database hosting services deliver seamless connectivity to geospatial analysis tools. This capability removes the need for a technician to upload data, and transfer it to desktop GIS software and then compile reports. "We configure a report template once and the server does the rest completely automatically" explains Rob Wood, ScanControl, Inc. President. "Customers access reports through a secure GIS portal that allows them to open any of their maps and see the most recent field readings that have been collected. These tools provide growers with the flexibility to track almost anything and identify issues before they become problematic. A red data point in the middle of a map conveys information far more easily than a spreadsheet."
CropTrak(tm) software is used in a diverse range of crops in organizations with widely distributed farm assets. Data collection activities are commonly used to track resource allocation, agricultural chemical management, yield estimates, crop health or quality, pest populations and disease pressure. Complete land asset return on investment analysis is possible given sufficiently robust data collection and allocation attention.
For additional information about this release, contact Rob Wood. A crop management system that provides in-field tracking of crop quality, food safety, process audit and resource management by marrying handheld technology to server database reporting. CropTrak(tm) has established itself as the leader in providing value solutions to wine grape, fresh produce, row crop and other land management industries. Users of the CropTrak(tm) system, use PDA's in the field to collect crop qualitative data, such as estimated yield and then update information through synchronization with a central database. CropTrak(tm) with direct-to-GIS capabilities is available internationally, and is currently deployed in vineyards, and agricultural businesses in the US, Canada, Portugal, Australia and Mexico. Centrally hosted Enterprise solutions, and customized integration services for GIS/GPS, barcode and OBDC-compliant applications are available by contacting ScanControl, Inc. Installations by clients with global operations have proven the worldwide accessibility and appeal of CropTrak(tm) software.