As the global population continues to grow, the agricultural sector is under increasing pressure to keep up food production worldwide. In order to keep up with demand, growers have recently started working with new technology powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). These so-called smart farming applications will enable the industry to ramp up productivity while keeping waste to a minimum.
For instance, farmers can now plant crops more efficiently and decrease travel between fields due to the installation of GPS devices on tractors. These GPS devices, along with other sensors, also gather various types of data such as soil conditions, weather forecasts, and hydration circumstances. This information is then sent to a central platform which analyses the data and computes predictions of the basis of it. In response, IoT-controlled lasers can for example water more or less, making the entire process more efficient and sustainable.
By sharing data collected through sensors to one central platform, which subsequently makes predictions and drives machinery, is an inspiring example of how data sharing can increase productivity improve sustainability.