Challenge 2. Irrigation

Specific Challenge

Without a reliable irrigation management system, farmers face the risk of either under-watering or over-watering their fields. Under-watering can lead to reductions in yields, fruit size, and quality. Over-watering, on the other hand, can cause water wastage, soil erosion, spreading of pesticides and weeds, higher operational costs, and other problems. In light of the increased demand for water resources in today’s world, reliable irrigation management systems are of the utmost importance.


  • Irrigation management and optimisation to effectively control water usage.
  • Measurement and documentation of water usage.
  • Development of innovative assessment and measurement systems to enable water saving and prevent over-watering.

Resources provided by ATLAS

  • Sensors to measure soil moisture or leaf wetness, which can help determine whether fields need further watering.
  • Measurement data (e.g. from SoilNet).
  • Satellite or weather data on the possibility of rain, which can be used to determine whether further irrigation is necessary.

Expected outcome

  • Climate-smart irrigation solutions for significant optimisation of water usage.
  • Software and hardware solutions that address irrigation problems within the scope outlined above.
  • The proposed solution should make use of at least one of the following technologies: edge computing, robotics & ROS, and in-field sensors.