Smart farms to boost agricultural production
Smart farming refers to the application of new technologies for the optimisation of resources and time in agriculture. The Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and robotics are some of the technologies that are having the greatest impact on this sector.
Smart agriculture has the potential to increase agricultural sustainability and productivity, based on a more efficient and precise use of resources. However, while in the United States between 20-80% of the farming community uses such solutions, in Europe it is estimated that only 0-24% use them. From the farmer's point of view, smart farming should provide high added value, through decision support tools or more efficient farm management.
In this sense, the IoT Digital Innovation Hub includes among its success stories the SMART FARM project, designed by the BISITE Research Group. It is a system that measures the amount of feed or grain inside a silo. It also allows data to be collected by means of gas, temperature and humidity sensors, so that the conservation conditions of the grain can be known. Different types of electronic devices have been implemented to visualise the desired parameters on an online platform in real time, such as the level of feed in the silos or the weight level of the rabbit breeding cages.
This is just one example of what new technologies can do for us in the agricultural sector.