Internet of Things Could Be A Part Of New Era For Farming
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a well-discussed subject, but the applications of the idea are still left a little vague at times. One place where practical applications of the IoT have shown signs of progress is in uses in the agricultural sector. There are now many that are convinced that the future of farming will be data and technologically driven.
With the world’s population projected to rise to more than 9 billion by 2050 and the number of middle class consumers expected to increase from 1.2 billion worldwide today to 4.5 billion in that same span, the pressure on food resources, and consequently farming, is also expected to increase.
Managing food resources more effectively and creating better cycles where less food is wasted is crucial, but there’s also economic value to be gained by continuing to improve agricultural practices.
There are a number of examples of the IoT aiding that process including:
- Cattle being connected to the internet to track health
- ‘Smart’ irrigation systems
- Soil temperature and moisture monitored by sensors
- Feeding machines to produce optimal feed mixes
One company taking advantage of this opportunity on a global scale is Irish-based Keenan Systems, which provides a number of technologies that are connected to the cloud. The company collates and analyses data from 3,000 farms providing information on nutrition, animal health and soil.