TerraTeq is an open innovation company specialized in the development of wireless smart sensing systems for environmental and animal monitoring & tracking applications.

Why put TerraTeq in your products and services?

  • Versatile and real-time: TerraTeq low-power battery-operated devices can monitor the environmental conditions such as moisture, salinity and temperature sensors and can operate for seven years on small batteries. TerraTeq biotelemetry smart sensors can track, but also monitor and characterize the activity of animals and birds, in near real-time! The system is easy to use, self-configuring, and highly adaptable. Data gathered by TerraTeq's smart sensing technology can be processed both online and offline.

  • Highly connected and scalable: TerraTeq uses low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies that enable the network to cover extensive areas like common in agriculture and environmental monitoring. The network is reliable and robust and combines long range connectivity (up to 10 km) with multi-hop mesh networking to eliminate single points of failure and expand the reach of networks. Moreover, the system is highly scalable, up to tens of thousands nodes.

  • Trustworthy and secure: TerraTeq technology is based upon a global emerging standard, and is built on frequency bands that are available for unlicensed use anywhere around the world. TerraTeq uses a variety of security mechanisms to secure your information.

Agriculture and Environment

TerraTeq provides a comprehensive solution to improve productivity and quality in the agricultural sector.

TerraTeq environmental monitoring system is a system for collecting environmental data, processing, logging and visualization. Using TerraTeq wireless sensing solution within the agricultural industry provides many benefits to the farmer, increasing the quality of the crops and lowering overall operating costs. TerraTeq provides a comprehensive solution to enable smart agriculture solutions for long-lasting monitoring of on the ground and underground conditions.

  • Greenhouses monitoring and control: climate conditions, lighting control, and irrigation.

  • Precision agriculture: e.g. soil moisture, salinity, temperature.

  • Irrigation: Water flow monitoring in canals.

Animal Monitoring

TerraTeq biotelemetry monitoring system allows researchers to monitor and track animals and birds in real-time. TerraTeq supports a range of small radio monitoring systems that can be attached to animals and birds. In contrast to most traditional animal monitoring tags that focus on positioning information, TerraTeq technology includes advanced sensing and processing capabilities. The technology is suitable for livestock management by providing technology for monitoring activity and health of cattle (pigs, cows, sheep, and horses) and their living condition. Wide area coverage is made possible through LPWAN technology or GSM devices, which enables wireless monitoring of wild life.

  • Position information based on built in GPS or relative positioning.

  • Behaviour analysis through integrated 3D motion sensing.

  • Supports near real-time long-range LPWAN technologies or cellular (GSM) transmission.

  • Completely programmable and configurable.


TerraTeq technology reduces the infrastructure costs, extends battery lifetime, and improves sensing and communication coverage. The TerraTeq technology is based upon the LoRaWAN specification that is designed to provide a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) that is optimized for low-power consumption and to support large networks with thousands of battery operated devices. It has innovative features, support redundant operation, low-cost, and low-power.

  • TerraTeq network topology: The TerraTeq network architecture is typically laid out in a star-of-stars topology in which the sensor devices communicate with routers, and the routers form the mesh network backbone. The backbone is connected to the Internet via Gateways. Gateways provide a bridge relaying messages between end-devices and a central network server in the backend. Gateways are connected to the network server via standard IP connections while sensor devices use single-hop long-range wireless communication to one or multiple routers or gateways.

  • TerraTeq radio technology: Communication between end-devices and the mesh backbone is using the LoRa technology, and is spread out on different frequency channels and data rates. The selection of the data rate is a trade-off between communication range and energy consumption. TerraTeq supports data rates ranging from 100 bps (long range) to 50 kbps (short range). To maximize both battery life of the end-devices and overall network capacity, the TerraTeq network server is managing the data rate and channels for each end-device individually.

Open Innovation

TerraTeq is an open innovation company specialized in the development of wireless smart sensing systems for environmental and animal monitoring & tracking applications. Our craft is technology; our passion is the environment. We are committed to providing innovative solutions for a sustainable future. We stand for innovative products with high quality and low price.

As a spin-off from the University of Twente, our team has a long and solid track record in wireless sensing systems. That is how we can bring cutting-edge technology to our customers. Located on the campus of the University of Twente in the Netherlands, TerraTeq benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities and close collaboration with the top researchers in the field.

The pillars of our approach are:

  • Research and Open Innovation: At TerraTeq, research and innovation are fundamental to our mission and collaboration with our customers. Open Innovation reduces the risk of innovation projects, and greatly increases the chance of success. Open Innovation is focused on uncovering new ideas, reducing risk, increasing speed and leveraging scarce resources. A company is able to lower risk by combining external capabilities with internal innovation resources. Open Innovation is innovating with partners by sharing the risks and the rewards. In an Open Innovation project the partners co-develop innovations that will be brought to market through a variety of collaborative business models e.g. license deals, joint ventures or acquisitions.

  • Co-development: We do not stop at research and innovation, we believe that the best products can be made through collaboration, in which the expertise is complementary. We think together with you about the specifications, produce-ability, and required cost price of your product. Moreover, we make sure that the product meets the necessary standards and legislation. Together we make the right choices, taking product and market developments in consideration. In this way, you will get a product that is in time for a successful market launch.

  • Product innovation and support: Innovation never stops, and even the best-selling and successful products can be made more efficient, better, or even cheaper. That is what we call product innovations: extending the product lifetime by means of a redesign, reducing product cost, or adding new features and functions to your product.


Contact us


E-mail: info@terrateq.net