Farming and Feeding the World With the Internet of Things
New research suggests that the Internet of Things will play a critical role in helping to feed a global population that is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.
Towards Smart Farming, a report released by Beecham research, suggests that in the immediate term smart farming has a role to play in helping farmers to increase productivity and reduce waste accounting for factors such as fertiliser usage and optimising vehicle journeys. Soil preparation, planting and harvesting, along with livestock maintenance can all potentially be optimised.
A longer-term outlook is that smart farming will help farmers and other stakeholders to better understand the wider conditions and variables for the effective food production.
The report’s conclusion is that the next couple of years will be largely exploratory and developmental, before a more intensive implementation phase from 2017 to 2020.
Read more about the report in Antony Savvas’ Tech World piece.