Feeding the World with Smart AgriculturePosted on September 4, 2019
The development of the ‘Internet of Things’ and the use of smart technology is coming to the world of agriculture, and not soon enough.
Technology can improve processes, yields and efficiency and is moving away from being a luxury and towards being a necessity.
What is smart agriculture?
Smart agriculture is the next evolution of agricultural practices. It involves the integration of the latest, interconnected technology into the world of farming.
This allows farmers to place sensors and transmitters in all aspects of their farms, monitoring everything from soil health to greenhouse humidity levels. Data from these sensors can then be collected, analysed and utilised to improve growing conditions and overall efficiency.
In this way, technology can effectively remove the guesswork from agriculture. Such integration practices will bring agricultural practices in line with the world of industry as we undergo the advent of Industry 4.0.
By 2025, the market share for smart agriculture is expected to hit $15.3 billion.
Why smart agriculture?
There are a whole host of reasons to adopt smart agriculture technology. The ability to collect and analyse vast quantities of data in a fast, meaningful way enables huge leaps in practices with regards to efficiency and yield sizes, allowing farmers to save money and see advanced ROI.
With data collected from smart sensors and transmitters, it’s possible to predict the outcomes of your efforts before you undertake them, minimising risk and waste.
It also allows farmers to remotely control irrigation and conserve limited and expensive water supplies.
In addition to the cost savings and efficiency jumps, there are pressing global reasons for farmers adopting smart agricultural practices.
By the year 2050, the world’s population is anticipated to be around 9.6 billion. This means that by that point; farmers will have to increase their yields by 50% in order to cope with rocketing demand.
This is only possible through the adoption of smart agriculture. However, currently, just a quarter of farmers across Europe utilise some form of smart technology.
The wide range of sensors and transmitters available to farmers to enhance practices results in the production of vast quantities of data.
In order to manage this, a central collection and analysis point is necessary. Units such as the Aranet Mini and the Aranet PRO allow for the linking of up to 100 sensors and are compatible with a range of devices including mobile phones, tablets and PCs.
With units such as these, farmers are able to analyse the vast amounts of data that these sensors collect and make use of it.
To find out more about Aranet base stations, click here.