MAKING PRECISION FARMING A REALITY

IOF 2020 statement

2nd March, Almerìa (Spain)– As our journey in IOF 2020 Stakeholder Event comes to an end, let’s sum up what seen and discussed about during last three days. Sysman joined the Fresh Table Grape Chain Use Case (Use Case 3.1) in Fruit Trial (Trial 3), collaborating hand in hand with CIHEAM-IAM Bari.

The Sysman Team working on IOF 2020 Project in the last year, flew to Spain to attend the IOF 2020 Stakeholder Event, hosted by University of Almerìa. As the event statement says “Unleashing the potential of IOT in Food and Farming Sector”, the main proposition was to let panelist (project partners, stakeholder, and anyone interested in Digital Farming) fully “experience potential of IOT technologies in EU Food and Farming sector”.

But the main objective seem to be another: by letting not only project partners and stakeholders, but anyone interested taking part to the event, creation and renovation of sinergies was maximally boosted.

This is a perfect metaphor of IOT. The Internet of Things is just a network, a system, composed by a great series of items embedded with softwares which enables them to connect and exchange data. Therefore, IOT can be thought as a system of peolple, where different individuals with different skills and expertise and knowledge can connect and exchange informations.  

How IOT and Agriculture Industry are connected?

Coming right back to Agriculture, IOT appears a lot like an ecosystem: for growing strong and healthy, a plant automatically decodes a lot of inputs coming from its health status and external conditions (weather, soil, ect), and answer to them, by adapting to it. Since now, there was no way for us to perfectly understand this process, no way to talk to our crops in their own language.

This is where IOT comes in.

Use of cutting edge technology in Agriculture enabled farmers and experts to get a deeper knowledge of a plant need. Now it’s time to take a step forward: by connecting different field sensors, able to detect a heterogeneous series of data, and enable them to exchange them, we will be able to address “the lack of aggregated farm informations to manage precise asset application”. Thus, we will be able to properly talk with our crops, understanding their needs and potential threats, we didn’t know before. This is the only possible way to make Agriculture Industry sustainable, both economically and environmentally, by saving water, pesticides and fertilizers.