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<strong>Issue</strong> 06<br />

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EDITOR<br />

Welcome<br />

Welcome<br />

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Hello, welcome to issue six<br />

of our very own <strong>Sensor</strong><br />

magazine.<br />

We have another<br />

packed issue for you to<br />

enjoy, once again some of the leading<br />

industry personalities have contributed<br />

to the magazine telling first-hand their<br />

experiences using the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> solution.<br />

Our headline feature is an exclusive<br />

interview with Bernhard and Company’s<br />

Turf Technologies Business Development<br />

Manager Steve Wilson.<br />

Steve has been busy overseeing the<br />

installation of SubAir Systems vacuum<br />

and ventilation system along with <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> sensors into all of the Qatar<br />

Stadiums ahead of the world's biggest<br />

football tournament, starting later this<br />

month.<br />

We also speak to Preston North End<br />

Head Groundsman Pete Ashworth. Pete<br />

has been at Preston for 17 years and<br />

is credited with having one of the best<br />

playing surfaces currently in the Sky Bet<br />

Championship. Pete likens the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

solution to a 'comfort blanket' - he sleeps<br />

soundly knowing that with the sensors in<br />

the ground he's not overdoing the water<br />

or letting his pitch get too dry.<br />

There's plenty more in this issue,<br />

including an interview with leader of the<br />

Smart Bioeconomy team at the JAMK<br />

Institute in Finland - Hannu Haapala.<br />

Hannu and his expert team are helping<br />

farmers make better use of precision data<br />

and technology.<br />

I hope that you enjoy reading the<br />

stories, please do reach out to a member<br />

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OPENING<br />

Comment<br />

YOU CAN ONLY<br />

MANAGE WHAT<br />

YOU MEASURE!<br />

How technology can help address challenges through tough<br />

times with <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> CEO Jalmari Talola.<br />

It is quite clear by now, that there’s no need to<br />

enumerate all the different challenges currently<br />

affecting our lives. The common denominator is the<br />

increase in costs, which is affecting us in all different<br />

areas.<br />

The main question is how to overcome these challenges<br />

and what role does technology play in that?<br />

I would dare to claim that those organisations that<br />

already use technology and continue expanding the use of<br />

it have a better chance of successfully getting through these<br />

tough times. But which areas should these investments be<br />

directed to and when is the right time to implement new<br />

methods?<br />

Solve your biggest challenge<br />

Having discussed this, with various stakeholders, the<br />

guideline is usually very simple: focus on solving your<br />

biggest challenge! This is often easier said than done,<br />

but like eating an elephant, cutting it into pieces<br />

usually helps solve challenges. A good rule of thumb<br />

is to make just one technology investment and<br />

implementation per year and therefore get the most<br />

out of it before moving to the next one.<br />

Digitisation in many cases means measuring and<br />

as we well know, you can only manage what you<br />

can measure. And the measured information<br />

helps significantly in making operations more<br />

efficient and controlling costs down the path.<br />

But that can only happen when measured<br />

information has really led to actions.<br />

Let me bring up two recent examples of<br />

how people in our networks have addressed<br />

these problems:<br />

Trumetari Farm in Ulvila, Finland is<br />

one of the farmers who have realised the<br />

unacceptable mismatch of irrigation cost and<br />

the arbitrarily of deciding how much to apply<br />

and when to begin. During the record-breaking hot<br />

summer in 2021, their <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> data played a crucial<br />

role when they realised they lacked a proper irrigation<br />

strategy.<br />

In March this year Trumetari farm quoted: "In the<br />

extreme 2021 drought our irrigation capacity was<br />

completely inadequate. It would have been fatal to<br />

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waste time irrigating areas, where moisture<br />

status did not yet require it. By continuously<br />

focusing efforts on the most critical zones,<br />

we were able to sustain plants over the<br />

worst drought period. Beginning in March<br />

we were selling potatoes we simply would<br />

not have had without <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>.”<br />

Return of investment<br />

Another example is our Norwegian<br />

partner Agdir AS. Team Agdir has spent<br />

quite some time discussing with local<br />

farmers to understand their problems and<br />

needs. Agdir then gathered these needs<br />

and developed a software called Agdir<br />

Farm that combines different datasets to<br />

address the exact issues which the local<br />

farming community is facing. For example,<br />

combining rainfall and evaporation data<br />

from <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> with Agdir's data can<br />

improve different farming practices by<br />

indicating the best time to start the efforts.<br />

This is one of our highest priorities in<br />

our day to day activities: to make sure <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> data is really getting in actionable<br />

and practical use by our customers. Would<br />

the data not lead to better management,<br />

we would have failed in delivering our<br />

customers with a return of investment and<br />

added value. Fortunately, that does not<br />

seem to be the case, as our data is daily<br />

feeding data to irrigation systems, vacuum<br />

systems, heating systems, turf management<br />

software and farm management<br />

information systems, leading to better<br />

quality, quantity and lower operating costs.<br />

In this issue of <strong>Sensor</strong> magazine we<br />

introduce a new, exciting product to the <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> portfolio. The ground-breaking Dual<br />

Depth sensor (DDS), gives the well-known<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> Hydra sensor an additional<br />

sensing head, interconnected with a cable.<br />

Dual Depth sensor<br />

Many of our customers have been asking<br />

for this kind of a product for some time now<br />

and we are very happy to finally make it<br />

available. This really is a solution to their<br />

various needs in all different segments. In<br />

agriculture we now enable the monitoring<br />

of deep rooted crops, in sports and golf let<br />

customers do vertical profiling to optimise<br />

their use of inputs and prevent fertiliser<br />

leaching, and those in landscaping finally<br />

have a single product that fits to all of their<br />

monitoring needs.<br />

The first actual user for this new product<br />

comes from Argentina, where a local<br />

new-world vineyard Bodega Renacer had<br />

the privilege to be the world's first user to<br />

start gaining the value of this new type of a<br />

sensor.<br />

Remember, you can only manage what<br />

you measure!<br />

Qatar Stadiums | p6 |<br />

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Pete Ashworth | p16 |<br />

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Contact Jalmari<br />

jalmari.talola@soilscout.com<br />

Hannu Haapala | p22 |<br />

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HEADLINE<br />

Feature<br />

GROWING<br />

GRASS ON<br />

THE WORLD'S<br />

STAGE WITH<br />

PRECISION<br />

DATA<br />

Few events require precision more than the<br />

globe’s major footballing spectacle. Everything<br />

from the placement of the goals, width of the<br />

lines and moisture of the soil goes into making a<br />

pitch for the world’s best, and in Qatar, it’s being<br />

achieved using SubAir and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>.<br />

Blair Ferguson spoke to Bernhard and Company’s<br />

Turf technologies Business Development Manager<br />

Steve Wilson to find out how the installation went<br />

and how the Qatar stadiums are utilising their SubAir<br />

and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> solutions.<br />

If precision is the aim of the world footballs<br />

governing body, then SubAir is almost the<br />

literal foundation it is built on for pitches.<br />

Operating below the surface, the vacuum<br />

and ventilation system is in place at all<br />

eight stadiums and is, and continues to be, a<br />

crucial part of pitch management.<br />

Bernhard and Company's Turf Technologies<br />

Business Development Manager Steve Wilson is<br />

heading up the relationship between Bernhard<br />

and all parties from the Qatar side. Working out<br />

of Manilla in the Philippines, Steve has been the<br />

primary contact between Bernhard and Company,<br />

the Qatar Supreme Committee, the world<br />

football governing body and various contractors,<br />

consultants and management since 2018.<br />

The proud Canadian will be in Qatar as<br />

tournament support for grinding and SubAir<br />

whilst his home country of Canada and 31 others<br />

compete to become world champions.<br />

The success of the pitches ultimately comes<br />

down to the preparation, and that involves<br />

implementing the best technology available to<br />

grow grass in the desert.<br />

Initially, the SubAir and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> combination<br />

was taken on as insurance, but the real-time data,<br />

unique stadium proximity and desert conditions<br />

soon provided interesting data that changed how<br />

the system was used.<br />

Steve explains: “Getting started in Qatar,<br />

everyone thought of SubAir as water removal and<br />

insurance. If they are going to get rain, typically,<br />

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YOU GET TO WORK ON A MATCHDAY, AND<br />

THE PITCH IS WITHIN THE SET PARAMETERS<br />

AUTOMATICALLY. SUBAIR AND SOIL SCOUT<br />

WORK HAND IN HAND AND THAT ALLOWS<br />

THE PITCH MANAGER TO RELAX<br />

STEVE WILSON<br />

Business Development Manager, Bernhard Turf Technologies<br />

A general view of match action in the Ahmad Bin<br />

Ali Stadium, Qatar. Picture by Matthew Ashton<br />

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HEADLINE<br />

Feature<br />

{1}<br />

{2} {3}<br />

Qatar will get it in November. So you think on a<br />

global scale, even if there is a one-minute delay<br />

of a football match because of rain or moisture,<br />

the knock-on is huge.<br />

“Then you’ve got the safety aspect. If you’ve<br />

got a game, there can easily be two hundred<br />

million dollars worth of players on the pitch. So<br />

you want to make it as safe as possible.<br />

Moisture removal<br />

“Realistically, with SubAir, all we move is air<br />

using pressure or vacuum. By going into vacuum,<br />

the by-product is water coming with it, so we<br />

remove water. And moisture removal is what<br />

SubAir is most famous for. What we’ve learnt,<br />

and we didn’t know this going into Qatar, is how<br />

beneficial pressure would be.<br />

“Going into pressure, we get an air exchange<br />

and take out bad gases and replace it with good<br />

gas. When we go into vacuum, we’re dropping<br />

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HEADLINE<br />

Feature<br />

WITH SOIL SCOUT, YOU'RE SEEING IT IN<br />

REAL-TIME, AND IT'S CONTINUOUS WHETHER<br />

IT'S MIDNIGHT OR FOUR IN THE MORNING; IT'S<br />

A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF DATA<br />

STEVE WILSON<br />

Business Development Manager, Bernhard Turf Technologies<br />

2% moisture per hour and things like that,<br />

which we suspected, but we would never have<br />

confirmed without the sensors.<br />

“But the most important thing we’ve learnt is<br />

pressure in the desert environment. We’re forcing<br />

air in, and we’re able to keep the moisture in the<br />

root zone longer. So rather than gravity pulling<br />

it out and going in the drainage and leaving the<br />

soil profile, we’re running pressure, and we’re<br />

able to monitor that, and we can see live that the<br />

percentage of moisture is staying there longer<br />

when we’re in pressure. And <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> has given<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> Stadium<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 1 23.5 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 2 24.2 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 3 27.5 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 423.5 % 22.7 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 5 23.4 %<br />

us the ability to monitor it live.<br />

“We can see the moisture levels and act<br />

accordingly to dry the roots or keep the moisture.<br />

So it just allows you to control that root zone<br />

without disrupting the surface. Typically if you<br />

wanted more air, you’d have to punch holes<br />

which can damage the surface or the stitching,<br />

which is an expensive investment.<br />

Data-driven decisions<br />

“Now we can manage it without touching the<br />

surface. Then having <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> means we’re not<br />

guessing. There’s no thinking it’s too dry or too<br />

wet. The pitch manager has actual data to base<br />

their decisions on.<br />

“If it rains overnight, we can turn on an<br />

automatic system, so if the moisture level on the<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>s gets too high, the SubAir can turn on<br />

and pull the moisture out.<br />

“As a pitch manager, you don’t need to have<br />

sleepless nights worrying about thunderstorms<br />

and rain. You can sleep like a baby, and the<br />

system will turn itself on through the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>s<br />

and pull the moisture down.<br />

“You get to work on a matchday, and the<br />

pitch is within the set parameters automatically.<br />

SubAir and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> work hand in hand, and<br />

that allows the pitch manager to relax.<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 6 21.8 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 7 26.3 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 8 23.2 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 9 22.9 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 10 25.4 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 11 24.3 %<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong> 12 26.8 %<br />

{1} The SubAir System in situ.<br />

{2} The Aspire pitch manager at the Ahmad Bin Ali<br />

Stadium, Qatar looks at real-time <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> data on his<br />

mobile phone.<br />

Picture by Matthew Ashton, AMA Sports Photo Agency<br />

{3} At the controls of the SubAir Sytem.<br />

Opposite; an example of how the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> Hub<br />

displays the soil moisture data on a mobile phone<br />

or tablet, available 24/7 for pitch managers to have<br />

immediate access to.<br />

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HEADLINE<br />

Feature<br />

{1}<br />

{2}<br />

{1} Steve Wilson oversees the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensor installation.<br />

{2} The sensors were installed into the pitches with the help of a turf<br />

doctor.<br />

{3} A perfect location for the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> base station - high above the<br />

stadium in the roof top construction.<br />

{3}<br />

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Feature<br />

Above; irrigation on the pitch at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, picture by Matthew Ashton, AMA Sports Photo Agency<br />

“It’s all data-driven, and you can’t argue<br />

against data.”<br />

The data-driven approach between Aspire,<br />

who run and operate the sites, and the<br />

tournament organiser has been prevalent, and<br />

the use of the data has grown, but the real-time<br />

aspect is proving most valuable.<br />

You can't argue against data<br />

Twelve sensors are installed in the already<br />

constructed pitches in just over an hour using<br />

a turf doctor. These are placed at the corner of<br />

each 18-yard box and then horizontally adjacent<br />

on the centre line at depths of three and six<br />

inches.<br />

As mentioned by Steve, the data informs<br />

decision-making, and in the case of over seeding,<br />

it has been a vital tool.<br />

In seven of the eight stadiums, the air<br />

conditioning systems were used to bring the soil<br />

temperature down from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius<br />

to 24 and 26.5 in the upper root zone during<br />

September 2022. This was done to make the<br />

paspalum dormant and aid the over seeding of<br />

ryegrass.<br />

By monitoring the soil temperature using the<br />

sensors, the perfect time to over seed was chosen<br />

with an almost guaranteed germination and<br />

uptake with no paspalum resistance.<br />

Whilst an invaluable use of the technology,<br />

Steve sees a bigger picture for the dashboard and<br />

how automation can aid the pitch quality during<br />

this tournament and the next edition in America,<br />

Canada and Mexico.<br />

“Aspire is going to have a headquarters where<br />

they are going to be monitoring all stadiums<br />

during the tournament” Steve explained. “They<br />

want to set up a dashboard with a central control<br />

which will have all eight stadiums.<br />

“They could have soil temperatures, moisture<br />

and salinity for every venue. I think that is<br />

huge, and I think they can pull it off. I think<br />

it’s something for future where you can say<br />

to tournament organisers they could have<br />

this dashboard at their headquarters and<br />

see every stadium for the US, Canada and<br />

Mexico tournament. You’re across such a crazy<br />

environmental zone there that it would make a<br />

huge difference.<br />

“I think it’s incredible that they can sit<br />

anywhere in the world and have a dashboard<br />

that shows all their real-time stadium data. They<br />

can make decisions on irrigation based on the<br />

data and make good decisions.<br />

Real-time data on dashboards<br />

“Even golf management companies could use<br />

it. Imagine having it on 140 golf courses. Having<br />

all of that information there and being able to<br />

apply parameters on soil moisture that gives you<br />

a flag when it’s too high or low is so valuable.<br />

“<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> has that technology, and it is<br />

incredible. There’s nothing stopping them from<br />

using it for training pitches, either. Maybe you<br />

don’t use 12 sensors, but enough to get an<br />

overview.<br />

“What’s also important is the software is<br />

really easy to use. We’re sitting here live, and I<br />

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Feature<br />

Qatar Stadiums<br />

Ahmed Bin Ali<br />

Stadium<br />

Al Rayyan<br />

Al Bayt Stadium<br />

Al Khor<br />

Lusail Stadium<br />

Lusail<br />

The furthest distance between two<br />

stadiums is 45 miles and that provides<br />

a one-off opportunity to study the<br />

stadium effects on pitches.<br />

Education City<br />

Stadium<br />

Al Rayyan<br />

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium<br />

Doha<br />

Khalifa International<br />

Stadium<br />

Doha<br />

Al Janoub Stadium<br />

Al Wakrah<br />

Al Thumana Stadium<br />

Doha<br />

Saudi<br />

Arabia<br />

Qatar<br />

10 miles<br />

The average temperature in Doha in<br />

November is max 29.5°C (85.1°F) and<br />

min 19.5°C (67.1°F). The perfect water<br />

temperature of 27.3°C (81.1°F) with<br />

3.3mm (0.13") of accumulated rainfall.<br />

STADIUM 974<br />

Stadium 974 also known as the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium<br />

situated in the east of Doha near the Port and Hamad<br />

International Airport, is moulded out of 974 shipping<br />

containers, all the containers are made from<br />

recycled steel, and the number 974 which<br />

symbolizes Qatar's dialling code.<br />

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HEADLINE<br />

Feature<br />

AS A PITCH MANAGER, YOU DON'T HAVE TO<br />

HAVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS WORRYING ABOUT<br />

THUNDERSTORMS AND RAIN. THE SYSTEM WILL<br />

TURN ITSELF ON THROUGH THE SOIL SCOUTS<br />

AND PULL THE MOISTURE DOWN<br />

STEVE WILSON<br />

Business Development Manager, Bernhard Turf Technologies<br />

can show you what’s going on and control the<br />

systems, and we can see how they are using the<br />

system as well.”<br />

Qatar, a unique opportunity<br />

Qatar has been a unique opportunity to work<br />

in desert conditions but also in eight stadiums<br />

that are so close to each other. The furthest<br />

distance between two stadiums is 45 miles and<br />

that provides a one-off opportunity to study the<br />

stadium effects on pitches.<br />

“All of the pitches are similar. They are all<br />

stitched hybrids. Seven are SIS Grass, and one<br />

is GrassMax. But they are all basically in the<br />

same growing environment, same soil media,<br />

same grass paspalum base, and over seeded to<br />

ryegrass,” Steve explained.<br />

“Surprisingly, the data we get from each<br />

stadium does vary even though they are<br />

close together. We have one stadium, and for<br />

whatever reason, it seems to drain faster than<br />

the others. Another one is coastal, and it seems<br />

to hold salinity, so when we go into vacuum to<br />

draw the moisture out of the root zone, and<br />

salinity drops with it.<br />

“So again, having <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> allows us to see<br />

that in real-time. The old system of running<br />

around with a moisture meter – you’re not<br />

seeing it in real-time. You go and do it now<br />

and then five hours from now. With <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>,<br />

you’re seeing it in real-time, and it’s continuous<br />

whether it’s midnight, four in the morning or<br />

whatever time it is; it’s a continuous stream of<br />

data.<br />

“We turn our system on, and we can see<br />

real-time changes. As the moisture draws<br />

down, does the temperature change? Does<br />

salinity move? It gives you the data to manage<br />

and make decisions based on what is actually<br />

happening.<br />

Leading technology<br />

“I think having that number of stadiums<br />

in close proximity, we’ve learnt a lot that we<br />

wouldn’t have done elsewhere. We can see that<br />

stadium has been run for six hours in pressure,<br />

and we see what’s happened live with the<br />

moisture. Then we have another one down the<br />

road that runs vacuum, and we can compare<br />

that.”<br />

Using the leading technology in the business,<br />

all parties have honed surfaces befitting of the<br />

event. As well as informing pitch maintenance<br />

in the region, the approach can be scaled up<br />

for the future and ensure turf quality at major<br />

sports events for years to come.<br />

www.subairsystems.com www.bernhard.co.uk www.soilscout.com<br />

Pictures by:<br />

Matthew Ashton, AMA Sports Photo Agency | Steve Wilson, Bernhard | Aspire<br />

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SOIL SCOUT<br />

DATA FOR THE WORLD!<br />

400 +<br />

Worldwide customers<br />

trust <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

170,000<br />

New soil measurements<br />

every day<br />

7,000<br />

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New soil measurements<br />

every hour<br />

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4,000 +<br />

Hydra <strong>Scout</strong> sensors<br />

buried around the world<br />

130<br />

Million soil<br />

measurements<br />

since 2013<br />

40gb<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> measurement data<br />

collected since 2013<br />

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GAIN A DEEPER VIEW<br />

Interview<br />

STATS AND<br />

FACTS TO<br />

PROVE YOUR<br />

CASE<br />

Pete Ashworth is part of the furniture at Preston North End, he's been Head<br />

Groundsman for 17 years but stumbled upon the profession completely by chance.<br />

Now he's custodian of one of the best pitches in the Championship and has recently<br />

added the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> solution to his technology line up.<br />

By Blair Ferguson<br />

Deepdale is one for the purists. As the<br />

oldest professional footballing site in<br />

the world in continuous use, it has<br />

seen every change in football since<br />

1875 and will likely see the many<br />

changes to come.<br />

For the last 17 years, Preston North End FC<br />

Head Groundsman Pete Ashworth has been<br />

part of Deepdale’s history. His journey into<br />

groundsmanship started by chance with a flyer<br />

posted through his door from Myerscough<br />

College.<br />

Started by chance<br />

Despite being in the middle of a BTEC in<br />

science, which he planned to turn into a career<br />

as a physio, Pete made the change to turf and<br />

has never looked back.<br />

“It was really that much by chance,” he<br />

says of the circumstances that led him to<br />

groundsmanship.<br />

“I always fancied working outside, and I’ve<br />

always liked football, so I went that route rather<br />

than the physio route for whatever reason.<br />

People probably think I’m crazy, but it was the<br />

right decision because I love it.<br />

“I’d been to football as a kid, and you walk in<br />

the stadium, and the pitch is always something<br />

everyone comments on, isn’t it? And it almost<br />

sticks in your mind that first time you go to a<br />

football match and see the pitch.”<br />

Work experience at Blackburn Rovers when<br />

they were the Man City of their era followed.<br />

At the time, Rovers had just installed their<br />

first fibresand pitch, which Pete recalls looking<br />

unbelievable.<br />

Pitch technology<br />

In 1998, that would be his first taste of the<br />

pitch technology changes to come. Now, with<br />

six staff at his disposal, he is in charge of two<br />

training grounds with three pitches at each site.<br />

At Deepdale, on their fibresand pitch, he uses<br />

TLS lighting rigs to great effect. The surface<br />

is often regarded as among the best in The<br />

Championship, and as technology is<br />

moving, Pete is keen to continue moving<br />

with it.<br />

“We’d like more rigs that work with<br />

apps so you can monitor what’s been<br />

where,” he explains. “We do it more<br />

by eye and by noting how long each<br />

rig has been in a certain area, so we<br />

could be on top of it better.<br />

“With <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors we can see<br />

the soil’s temperature, which helps us<br />

have a better idea if the grass is going<br />

to grow basically. So it’s something<br />

Pictures by James Baylis<br />

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I'LL ALWAYS BE LOOKING AT THE DASHBOARD, AND<br />

IT MIGHT GIVE US THAT EXTRA BELIEF THAT<br />

EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING IS RIGHT<br />

PETE ASHWORTH<br />

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GAIN A DEEPER VIEW<br />

Interview<br />

that’s more scientific than what we’ve had and<br />

enhances what we do.”<br />

Pete is closely monitoring the moisture levels<br />

with a sensor in the corner of each 18-yard box,<br />

one in the centre circle and one in the darkest<br />

corner of the stadium.<br />

Valuable tool for grow-in<br />

He explains that keeping the pitch at 20%<br />

moisture is the main aim, and this benefit was<br />

mainly seen during the summer grow-in.<br />

“It’s been a valuable tool during our grow-in<br />

this summer because it’s been so dry. It’s been<br />

good to see if we’re putting too much water on,<br />

and we’ve tried to keep it around the 20% mark<br />

consistently.<br />

“If we saw it was dropping off a bit to say 16%<br />

or 17%, we might stick an extra pass on at night<br />

just to top it back up. So, it’s been good that way.<br />

“It’s almost like a comfort blanket, knowing<br />

you’re not overdoing it or letting it get too dry.”<br />

The successful grow-in contrasted with the<br />

grow-ins at the first team Euxton training<br />

ground. While irrigation improvements are<br />

underway, the implementation is staggered.<br />

Inconsistencies with the watering pattern led<br />

to issues during the fibresand installation, and<br />

Pete quickly recognised the benefit of having <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> in the pitches would have had.<br />

“The club came back to me to ask what was<br />

wrong with one of the pitches, and even though<br />

you explain it’s because of the sprinklers, they<br />

don’t get it because all they see is the system<br />

working and water coming out.<br />

Recognising the benefits<br />

“If I stood in the middle with four sprinklers<br />

on, I wouldn’t get wet. So, having sensors that,<br />

for example, show the moisture is at 10% would<br />

have been helpful in that situation.<br />

“At Deepdale, we’ve kept it at 20%, and the<br />

grow-in has been brilliant, with a 100% take. We<br />

haven’t had to overseed any areas, and it’s been<br />

bang on.<br />

“We do have the front edge where we<br />

upgraded the irrigation on one of the pitches<br />

at the training ground. Even though it was<br />

renovated last, it’s caught up and gone past the<br />

others because the irrigation was getting on.<br />

“If you had <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> in there, it would be an<br />

extra tool to give info back to the management.<br />

Sometimes they think you’re making excuses, but<br />

if you’ve got the sensors in the ground, it’s stats<br />

and facts you can use to prove your case.<br />

“I go in and see the bosses and show them<br />

Deepdale is on 20% where we want to keep it,<br />

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GAIN A DEEPER VIEW<br />

Interview<br />

and these are getting 10%. So it’s there as a fact<br />

on a screen, not just me going in and throwing<br />

some numbers at them and them saying, ‘where’s<br />

your evidence?’ It just helps you push your<br />

cause.”<br />

A fact on a screen<br />

Away from the decision-making, time-saving<br />

and evidence aspects, Pete also appreciates that<br />

proximity is no longer issue. At a moment’s<br />

notice, he can open the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> app and check<br />

if Deepdale needs water or answer questions<br />

from his team regardless of where he is.<br />

Going into winter, the soil temperature<br />

will become more important and dictate the<br />

number of frost sheets put out in the build-up to<br />

games. Again, a small change that can make a<br />

considerable time-saving difference.<br />

Small changes for big time savings<br />

Over time benchmarking fertiliser is also on his<br />

list. Knowing what works best at certain times of<br />

year is a simple yet exceptionally important thing<br />

for Pete, who is finding the more he uses the<br />

sensors, the more he gets from them.<br />

In closing, he remarks: “I’ll always be looking<br />

at the dashboard, and it might give us that extra<br />

belief that everything we’re doing is right.”<br />

@peteash04<br />

I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE SYSTEM TO<br />

ANYONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT IT, AND JUST<br />

WANTS THAT EXTRA BIT OF REASSURANCE IN<br />

HELPING THEM UNDERSTAND THEIR PITCH<br />

PETE ASHWORTH<br />

So, would Pete recommend <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

to other sports turf professionals?<br />

"We currently have six sensors in the pitch, of<br />

which four are placed in the corner of each 18-<br />

yard box, one in the centre spot and one in the<br />

corner near the tunnel.<br />

"We have found it very straight forward to<br />

install and remove the sensors whenever we have<br />

had to move them (end of season renovations,<br />

etc) and they quickly reconnect with the<br />

base station, which is placed at the top of our<br />

Invincible’s Stand.<br />

"We have found <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> a great tool to help<br />

us quickly check the moisture levels and soil<br />

temperatures. This helps us when deciding how<br />

much irrigation to apply and also monitor if the<br />

pitch plays better or worse when moisture levels<br />

differ. It also gives us a good idea as to when to<br />

carry out routine maintenance such as vertidraining<br />

or pro-coring.<br />

"We are also hoping to build up a picture of how<br />

fertiliser applications respond depending on the<br />

soil temperature, therefore allowing us to put the<br />

right product on at the right time.<br />

"I would highly recommend the system to<br />

anyone who is thinking about it, and just wants<br />

that extra bit of reassurance in helping them<br />

understand their pitch."<br />

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SOIL SCOUT<br />

Newsdesk<br />

Two<br />

depths<br />

in one<br />

hole<br />

GROUND-BREAKING<br />

NEW DUAL DEPTH<br />

SENSOR LAUNCHED<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> is pleased to announce<br />

the launch of a new sensor product<br />

that has been developed after taking<br />

feedback from numerous existing<br />

customers. The ground-breaking Dual<br />

Depth <strong>Sensor</strong> (DDS), gives the well-known <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> Hydra sensor an additional sensing head,<br />

interconnected with a cable.<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s Chief Science Officer, Johannes<br />

Tiusanen explains; “Many among the<br />

hundreds of <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> customers have<br />

special requirements or limitations for their<br />

underground soil monitoring needs, and most<br />

commonly the same issues emerge more often<br />

than others: Burying the sensor really deep<br />

reduces the above-ground range, and whilst<br />

that could be tackled by elevating the receiver<br />

antenna, in some places that’s not always<br />

possible."<br />

Two depths in one hole<br />

“In addition, many customers would like<br />

to bury sensors at two depths in one hole for<br />

vertical soil profiling, but that hasn't been<br />

possible either, as the top sensor would hinder<br />

radio communication for the deeper one.”<br />

To tackle these problems, <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s Chief<br />

Technology Officer Jussi Sirkia and his team have<br />

developed the Dual Depth <strong>Sensor</strong>, a first for <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> who continue to proudly lead the way for<br />

wireless soil monitoring technology.<br />

The master Hydra sensor takes care of all radio<br />

communication, just like before. It can be buried<br />

in shallow ground to give an excellent range,<br />

whilst querying subsoil data from the second<br />

sensor, deep down in the same hole.<br />

The classic <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> Hydra delivers the most<br />

undisturbed measurement without poles or wires<br />

conducting water to the measurement point<br />

and up to 20 years of continuous measurements<br />

unaffected by above ground actions. In sports<br />

turf maintenance it has quickly become the<br />

market leading solution.<br />

Market leading solution<br />

Johannes continued: “In agriculture,<br />

monitoring root zone conditions of deep rooted,<br />

tall crops, such as corn and sugar cane, has been<br />

limited to very short ranges regarding the aboveground<br />

range from sensor to receiver."<br />

“Now with the transmitting device buried<br />

in the topsoil and the second very deep<br />

measurement point connected through a cable,<br />

the guaranteed wireless range is back up to<br />

hundreds of metres, still without any wires<br />

hampering field work above ground.”<br />

Jalmari Talola, <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> CEO added: "Our<br />

customers have been asking for this kind of a<br />

product for some time now and we are very<br />

happy to finally make it available. This really is<br />

a solution to their various needs in all different<br />

segments. In agriculture we now enable the<br />

monitoring of deep rooted crops, in sports<br />

and golf let customers do vertical profiling to<br />

optimise their use of inputs and prevent fertiliser<br />

leaching, and those in landscaping finally have a<br />

single product that fits to all of their monitoring<br />

needs."<br />

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SOIL SCOUT<br />

Newsdesk<br />

CHRISTIAN<br />

WALTER JOINS<br />

SOIL SCOUT<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> are pleased to announce the immediate<br />

appointment of Christian Walter to the position of Sales<br />

Executive for the United States.<br />

Christian joins the team at an exciting<br />

time and his appointment has been<br />

made to strengthen <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s<br />

growing North American presence.<br />

To many existing <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> users<br />

Christian will be a familiar face as he has joined<br />

the company following a spell working for<br />

distribution partner WorldSports USA.<br />

Christian will oversee the company’s North<br />

and Central American operations and work<br />

closely with <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s partners,<br />

SubAir Systems, GreenSight and<br />

WorldSports USA as well as<br />

identifying new opportunities<br />

in the sports turf and<br />

agricultural sectors.<br />

Graduating from the<br />

University of Tampa in 2019,<br />

Christian is a professional<br />

individual who boasts excellent<br />

sales and management skills.<br />

Growing up with a passion for<br />

working on golf courses, Christian<br />

mowed his first green at the age<br />

of just ten and said: “As I grew, my<br />

love for the game of golf began<br />

to grow into a love for turf<br />

and all other aspects of turf<br />

management.<br />

“I have had the<br />

opportunity to work<br />

in numerous<br />

positions<br />

on golf<br />

courses,<br />

which has allowed me to grow my network all<br />

across the USA.”<br />

Christian added; “I’m really looking forward to<br />

being able to make a difference and help sports<br />

turf professionals and growers better manage<br />

their property with the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> technology.<br />

I have had first-hand experience of seeing how<br />

many different variables and techniques go<br />

into managing turf and plant health. The <strong>Soil</strong><br />

<strong>Scout</strong> solution allows for a deeper insight into<br />

something that has not yet been fully explored.<br />

“I believe <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> will make a huge impact<br />

in the USA in a number of ways; from assisting<br />

in agriculture and turf management to helping<br />

our vast number of parks and recreational areas<br />

monitor water usage in a critical time for the<br />

USA.”<br />

Jalmari Talola, CEO of <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> said of<br />

the new appointment; “It’s no secret that we<br />

have been looking to employ a Sales Executive<br />

in North America for a while now and the<br />

recruitment process has been extensive. We<br />

are delighted to have been able to appoint<br />

such an impressive candidate as Christian. It’s<br />

a real bonus that he has already had first-hand<br />

experience of selling and installing the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

system, current and future clients will find that a<br />

real advantage.<br />

Christian is someone with a lot of energy and<br />

he’s proven to be very passionate and hands<br />

on when it comes to our system. We know he<br />

will offer clients the very best customer service<br />

and attention to detail. We are looking forward<br />

to him developing new and existing customer<br />

relationships.”<br />

Contact Christian<br />

christian.walter@soilscout.com<br />

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SPECIAL<br />

Feature<br />

HELPING TECH<br />

HUNGRY<br />

FARMERS<br />

How a Finnish institute is helping farmers make better use of data.<br />

By Mike Abram<br />

Hannu Haapala<br />

Leader of the Smart Bioeconomy team at the<br />

JAMK Institute of Bioeconomy<br />

Finnish farmers – like many around the<br />

world – are technology freaks, perhaps<br />

even buying more that they can<br />

afford, according to Hannu Haapala,<br />

principal researcher and leader of the<br />

Smart Bioeconomy team at the JAMK Institute of<br />

Bioeconomy in Tarvaala in Finland.<br />

But helping them make most use of it is still an<br />

ongoing challenge, he says.<br />

Typical technologies on farms, or accessible<br />

through contractors, includes GPS technology<br />

that allows machines to drive in straight lines or<br />

to pre-determined routes in fields, and on / off<br />

functionality for tasks such as spraying.<br />

“More than 50% of new tractors are now<br />

sold with a capability for navigation and driver<br />

assisted systems,” he estimates.<br />

Adopting new technology<br />

Yield mapping on combines is also popular,<br />

while some growers are also tailoring application<br />

rates of fertiliser and, less commonly, seed to<br />

selected parameters in field, such as soil type.<br />

Adopting these and other new technologies<br />

are crucial to power transitions to more<br />

environmentally friendly farming, Hannu says,<br />

which is why in 2021 the Smart Bioeconomy<br />

research team was founded at JAMK Institute of<br />

Bioeconomy.<br />

The aim is to help speed up adoption of smart<br />

farming and related digital technologies on<br />

farms, Hannu explains.<br />

“There’s a lot of basic research carried out by<br />

academics, but much less is concentrated on near<br />

to market technologies and their adoption, which<br />

is the focal point of my team.”<br />

New smart farming techniques<br />

The team works closely with farmers to reflect<br />

their needs for technology on farm with the aim<br />

of making products more usable and adaptable.<br />

A key resource at the Institute is a 100ha<br />

research farm growing grain crops, such as<br />

barley, oats and rye, as well as grass and<br />

forage for cattle. It forms part of the Finnish<br />

AgriHubi and the European Smartagrihubs.eu<br />

network, and helps connect farmers, companies,<br />

researchers, developers, students and educators<br />

within the food chain and bioeconomy.<br />

Around 10ha of the farm is being used as a test<br />

bed for new smart farming techniques, with the<br />

use of <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors playing a central role in<br />

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providing information, says Hannu.<br />

“We bought 20 <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> sensors to install on<br />

the research farm with the aim of providing basic<br />

information on soil moisture and temperature<br />

for our Farm Management Information System<br />

(FMIS). This data can be used to help calculate<br />

requirements for variable rate applications, for<br />

example.”<br />

Management zones<br />

<strong>Sensor</strong>s have been installed in each of eight<br />

different management zones at two different<br />

depths in one field, while another four sensors<br />

have been installed on a second field.<br />

The management zones are based on data<br />

gathered through soil sampling, satellite and<br />

drone imagery, and yield maps.<br />

“We use all of this information to decide on the<br />

boundaries for the management zones.”<br />

How to make use of that and other sources of<br />

data as easy as possible for farmers is one of the<br />

key projects Hannu’s team is working on.<br />

There is a need for farmers across the<br />

European Union to have open access to their<br />

data, but not be dependent on any one company<br />

to access it, and able to freely move to other<br />

software providers, he explains. Under the<br />

new EU Data Act in future no company will be<br />

allowed to use a farmer’s data without their<br />

agreement.<br />

The Smart Bioeconomy team is developing<br />

a simple farm database to store and visualise<br />

basic data, such as that collected via <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>.<br />

By then connecting it to any farm management<br />

information system, the team hopes to make<br />

it easy for any farmer to use the data more<br />

effectively.<br />

Another development requirement is<br />

integrating the basic data better into usable<br />

models to facilitate better decision making,<br />

Hannu says. “Situational awareness is crucial,<br />

but can we develop guidelines to help the farmer<br />

to make decisions?”<br />

Evidence for guidance<br />

For example, if one of the management zones<br />

during the season is performing better or worse<br />

than the others, does that mean more or less<br />

fertiliser should be applied, he asks. “But you<br />

must know what the reaction of the soil in this<br />

situation is.”<br />

That’s where he hopes the data from <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

sensors and other sources will be able to help, by<br />

providing the evidence for the development of<br />

such guidance and decision support.<br />

Technology will never be able to make the<br />

decision alone, he stresses. “It’s helping with<br />

optimisation of data, but you will always need<br />

some background information, such as prices of<br />

inputs, and the experience of the farmer.”<br />

Collaboration - central to success<br />

Another way the Smart Bioeconomy team is helping to develop new Smart Farming teams is through<br />

collaborations. “Our strategy is to develop through networking – it’s not possible to work alone now.”<br />

As well as working with AgriHubi – the national network of agricultural researchers and practitioners in Finland<br />

– they have also joined the Nordic Testbed Network.<br />

“Our motivation is to work with companies – we want to help those that are close or have just entered the<br />

market to establish themselves and have a bigger impact.”<br />

That’s why a business accelerator has been integrated into the Smart Bioeconomy concept, Hannu says.<br />

“The idea is to make the business happen. We’ve been doing a lot of hackathons, which has been a small scale<br />

success in integrating larger companies with start-ups, and creating some action subsequently.<br />

“For instance, Valtra, the tractor manufacturer found a couple of valuable contacts through one of our<br />

hackathons to make use of their tractor data.”<br />

“It is one way we would like to work more, as we get companies together with us and the benefits are quite<br />

rapid – within months.”<br />

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SOIL SCOUT<br />

Newsdesk<br />

TURF TEC LIVE<br />

RETURNS TO<br />

BRENTFORD FC<br />

Following on from the huge success of<br />

the inaugural Turf Tec Live seminars<br />

that Turf Lighting Solutions (TLS) and<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> held around the UK in early<br />

2022 we are pleased to announce a<br />

new and free to attend Turf Tec Live seminar at<br />

the Gtech Community stadium in Brentford on<br />

Tuesday 15 November 2022.<br />

The seminar will once again include<br />

informative and educational presentations from<br />

hosts TLS, <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> and Turfpal with special<br />

industry experts also appearing on the day.<br />

Attendees will get the opportunity to get<br />

hands-on with the latest TLS lighting rig<br />

technology whilst also learning more about how<br />

soil monitoring sensors from <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> can<br />

help you reduce operational costs and water<br />

consumption. There will also be an opportunity<br />

to have a first-look in the UK at <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s new<br />

Dual Depth sensor (DDS).<br />

Greg Collins, Business Development<br />

Manager from online monitoring, control and<br />

management portal Turfpal will show you how<br />

you can gain full control of your sports turfs by<br />

collecting data from several different sources<br />

including sensors and weather stations.<br />

Mark Sinnett, Business Development Director<br />

of TLS said; “It’s a perfect time for sports turf<br />

professionals to gather and learn about the<br />

latest technology and products that some of the<br />

industry's leading companies have to offer to<br />

ensure your turf is in the best playing condition<br />

possible. As well as hosting events in the UK we<br />

are also pleased to announce that we are looking<br />

at various other locations across Europe so be<br />

sure to keep an eye out for more information<br />

coming soon.”<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s Sales and Sports Turf Specialist,<br />

Nick Durkin added; “The seminars provide a<br />

great opportunity for participants to chat with<br />

suppliers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.<br />

It’s also great to meet up with like-minded sports<br />

turf professionals and share ideas, working<br />

practices and learn from each other.”<br />

If you are interested in attending one of the<br />

upcoming free seminars, please send an email<br />

to post@ra-tls.com and we will get back to you<br />

with further details. Alternatively, come and<br />

meet the TLS, Turfpal and <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> team on<br />

stand number H081 at SALTEX on Wednesday 2<br />

or Thursday 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC<br />

and register your interest in attending Turf Tec<br />

Live.<br />

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Meet the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> team<br />

THE UNDERGROUND SOIL DATA FAMILY<br />

Nick Durkin<br />

Sales & Sports Turf Specialist<br />

nick.durkin@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +44 7538 301753 (UK)<br />

Tommi Tienhaara<br />

Sales Executive<br />

tommi.tienhaara@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 5001792 (Finland)<br />

Jalmari Talola<br />

CEO<br />

jalmari.talola@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 820 1709 (Finland)<br />

Christian Walter<br />

Sales Executive<br />

christian.walter@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +1 (513) 348 8839 (United States)<br />

Lily Nuttall<br />

Agriculture Sales Specialist<br />

lily.nuttall@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +44 7860 833710 (UK)<br />

Johannes Tiusanen<br />

Chief Science Officer<br />

johannes.tiusanen@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 44 3659799 (Finland)<br />

Miiro Jääskeläinen<br />

Underground Weatherman / Agronomist<br />

miiro.jaaskelainen@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 7449263 (Finland)<br />

Jussi Sirkiä<br />

Chief Technology Officer<br />

jussi.sirkia@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 7242532 (Finland)<br />

Bahman Doaeian<br />

Regional Growth Manager<br />

bahman.doaeian@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 45 3499400 (Finland)<br />

Heikki Huhtanen<br />

Software Developer<br />

heikki.huhtanen@soilscout.com<br />

Mobile: +358 40 8418725 (Finland)<br />

Ville Oksanen<br />

Business Controller<br />

ville.oksanen@soilscout.com<br />

Jussi Uusitalo<br />

Production Master<br />

jussi.uusitalo@soilscout.com<br />

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SOIL SCOUT<br />

Technical<br />

FAQ<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>'s Chief Science Officer, Johannes Tiusanen answers your<br />

most frequently asked questions. You can find more FAQ's<br />

on the <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> website at: www.soilscout.com/faq<br />

QUESTION<br />

Who owns the data?<br />

You own data for internal use, but sharing with others than your subcontractors needs our approval.<br />

We trust in open architecture systems and everyone should have the right to build their own combination of hard<br />

and software for their own needs. This is why our open API is an essential part of our solution - when you have<br />

data, you also have access to it.<br />

However, there's a few additional points regarding <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> data usage:<br />

1. We want to allow customers to utilise the data in any way they want at the site, horizontally with other systems<br />

and downstream<br />

2. However, we want to keep control of the data upstream from the site to entities who may aggregate data from<br />

different sites and make business on such data<br />

3. We wouldn’t necessarily forbid such use of the data, but must evaluate each case, because our data might get<br />

sold to our competitors or their close partners<br />

These thoughts are reflected in our General Terms and Conditions:<br />

10.1 Subject to the payment of subscription fees [...] the Customer may freely use the <strong>Soil</strong> Data generated by the<br />

Services during the term of this agreement for Customers’ internal agronomist and/or other soil related<br />

business purposes.<br />

10.2 Customer shall not,without <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong>’s prior written approval, transfer, sell, license, borrow or make available<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> Data to third parties. Notwithstanding the aforesaid, Customer may make <strong>Soil</strong> Data available to its<br />

authorised subcontractors during the validity of the Agreement solely for the Customer’s internal business<br />

purposes. [...]<br />

Founding Father<br />

By Johannes Tiusanen<br />

Chief Science Officer<br />

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DATA IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT TO ME, AND EVERY<br />

GROUNDSMAN YOU SPEAK TO WILL SAY THE<br />

MORE DATA YOU CAN GET THE MORE INSIGHT<br />

YOU HAVE INTO YOUR PITCH.<br />

STEVE HONEY<br />

GROUNDS MANAGER, BRENTFORD FC<br />

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REAL-TIME GAINS<br />

BEGIN UNDERGROUND<br />

What drew me to <strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong><br />

is the live data you get every<br />

20 minutes. Having that at<br />

your fingertips is unique in the<br />

industry.<br />

I also think it’s quite nice to<br />

feel like you’re in control. So<br />

when you’re at home and going<br />

through a dry spell, for peace<br />

of mind, it’s great.<br />

There can be times when<br />

the greens are drying out or<br />

getting too wet, and being able<br />

to check that takes a lot of<br />

pressure off you.<br />

John McLoughlin<br />

Course Manager,<br />

Wallasey Golf Club<br />

<strong>Soil</strong> <strong>Scout</strong> provides the most advanced<br />

underground real-time wireless soil<br />

sensor and monitoring solution for<br />

professionals working in golf and<br />

sports turf maintenance.<br />

sales@soilscout.com | www.soilscout.com<br />

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