You must have heard or read somewhere about the disruptive power of IoT and how it is well-placed to improve the productivity of just about every sector. Truth be told, this is no longer a speculative statement since companies are not relenting in their effort to perfect IoT-enabled solutions that would revamp the way we interact with our environment.
As such, various industries are beginning to feel the full effect of this technological revolution, however, for the sake of this publication, we will focus on the brave new world IoT is powering in the agriculture IoT industry.
Smart Farming with IoT
At the start of the IoT craze, the technology’s major selling point was its capacity to establish what expert have agreed to term “smart homes”. While we cannot debate the allure of such adoption strategy, it did stir a major misconception that to some extent still cloaks the true influence and reach of the technology.
As a matter of fact, the facilitation of smart homes is one of many use case of IoT as industrial and environmental applications begin to find their way to the spotlight. The Same is true for agriculture-related solutions that serve as the next phase in the move for an extensively automated sector or what some would call “smart farming”.
Furthermore, smart farming entails a whole new level of sophistication that is not found in conventional practices. Therefore, it is now possible for a farmer, with the help of IoT, to remotely access data from his or her farm’s performance that would both save production cost and also avert incidents that could affect the quality and quality of the farm’s output. This is a generic representation of the possibilities that come with IoT-powered farms, however, below are some of the specific applications of the technology in this sector.
Precision Farming IoT in the agriculture
Precision farming involves various processes that look to control the factors that are critical to the success of either livestock or crop farming while ensuring that it yields, in terms of quantity and quality, the expected results. This basically integrates AI and IoT in order to achieve the level of autonomy required to respond swiftly to the analytics from the collected data on the farm.
For example, in a precision irrigation system, it autonomously collects soil moisture level from probes on the farm and analyze it and make a decision, based on this analysis, on the management of the irrigation system.
Smart Drones in Agriculture
The agriculture industry is one of the latest industries to integrate drone technology for various operations. With the help of IoT, drones are essentially useful for crop monitoring and farm mapping. Apparently, real-time data collected from this technology are quite important when it comes to having an insight on information that ranges from plants average height to the percentage of crops that are ready for harvest.
Livestock Monitoring with IoT
For extensive livestock farms, monitoring them could sometimes be a daunting task. However, with the help of sensors and IoT, it is very possible to do this without the hassles that come with it. In addition to this, there are IoT solutions that could notify the farmer whenever an animal is about to give birth and when any of them has a disease so as to separate them before the disease spreads.
As we can see, IoT is enabling a smart ecosystem in the IoT agriculture space. and the more companies introduce new IoT agriculture-based applications so also will the efficiency of various processes in this sector increase.