The UN projects that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, which will cause global agricultural production to rise 69% between 2010 and 2050. To meet the growing demand, farmers and agriculture companies are turning to IoT for analytics and greater production capabilities.
Farmers have already begun employing some high tech farming techniques and technologies in order to improve the efficiency of their day-to-day work. For example, sensors placed in fields allow farmers to obtain detailed maps of both the topography and resources in the area, as well as variables such as acidity and temperature of the soil. They can also access climate forecasts to predict weather patterns in the coming days and weeks.
Farmers can use their smartphones to remotely monitor their equipment, crops, and livestock, as well as obtain stats on their livestock feeding and produce. They can even use this technology to run statistical predictions for their crops and livestock.
Future of Farming: IoT, Agricultural Sensors, & Farming Drones
Smart agriculture and precision farming are taking off, but they could just be the precursors to even greater use of technology in the farming world.
The rise of blockchain technology is making its way to the IoT and could be important in the farming sector due to its ability to provide companies with important data on crops. Farmers can use sensors to gather data about crops, which is written onto blockchain, and includes identifying factors as well as salt and sugar content and pH levels.
Insider Intelligence projects there to be nearly 12 million agricultural sensors installed globally by 2023.
Smart greenhouses leverage the IoT and connected devices to create a self-regulating microclimate conducive to crop production. These controlled environments eliminate the struggles of inclement weather and predators while delivering real time insights to farmers for optimum efficiency.
Farmers using smart greenhouse crop monitoring systems can leverage insights from big data and analytics to regulate crop spraying, irrigation, lighting, temperature, humidity, and more.
The Fastcomm Advantage
If you are in the agriculture or manufacturing industry and looking to adopt and implement IoT into your business, Fastcomm’s Hellothing platform can assist. Our IoT Platform enables businesses in varying sectors to digitally transform their operations by connecting their physical world with a digital one. By harnessing real-time operational insights, businesses can now boost efficiency, make more informed decisions, and reduce their operating costs.
Our smart connected equipment or asset monitoring solution provides you with peace of mind in that you can easily and conveniently manage and monitor your equipment from anywhere, at any time and ensure no operational downtime.
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