E. & J. Gallo Winery is working with Watson to develop an intelligent irrigation system that increases the quality of its grapes.

E. & J. Gallo Winery is working with Watson to develop an intelligent irrigation system that increases the quality of its grapes.

Client: E. & J. Gallo
Products: Watson Assistant ServiceWatson Natural Language UnderstandingWatson Tone Analyzer
Industry: Food and Wine

Overview: The problem

Having farmed in California for more than 80 years, E. & J. Gallo Winery knows that no resource is more important than water, which is why water management has been a top priority for the company for decades.

Enter Watson

E. & J. Gallo Winery and Watson are now using weather reports and remote sensor data to deliver precise amounts of water to each vine, optimizing growth. The secret is located above the clouds, in a satellite looking down on the vineyard.

This allows the exact needed amount of water – based on highly targeted irrigation requirements – to be dispensed to each grapevine. As the weather changes, the irrigation methods react to ensure vines only receive water when needed.

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IBM Cloud is built to handle cognitive workloads, such as the immense amount of data from satellites and IoT sensors. It also uses The Weather Company data from 2.2 Billion locations, which is combined with E. & J. Gallo Winery’s other data sources to help perfect individualized irrigation plans.

A competitive advantage

Because of this tailored watering, E. & J. Gallo Winery reduced its water use by 25%, while also improving the quality of its wine.

Wineries, hospitals, businesses, educators and governments are now working with Watson. In 45 countries and 20 industries, Watson is helping people make sense of data so they can make better decisions while uncovering new ideas.

How a vineyard is working with Watson

  • Watson ingests data from weather, satellite, and sensor data on the IBM Cloud.
  • The data helps identify conditions in the vines and atmosphere.
  • After determining specific needs of the vines, given situational data, the system adapts irrigation levels.
  • The watering is tailored for precise areas to ripen grapes in sync and with improved quality.
  • With improved water efficiency, the largest family- owned winery in the world creates a superior product and reduces its water use by 25% in the process.

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