No one will disagree that farming has some hefty challenges to face when it comes to equipment and labour. 

To be able to take on these challenges effectively, the right systems need to be implemented to measure and control with processes. Enter the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Farming Challenges

To be thorough, let’s take a look at some of the challenges you should be aware of before you decide to invest.

Some of these farming challenges are:

  • the maintenance of the equipment used (if the equipment suffers, so does productivity), 
  • availability of water estimates, 
  • lowering water usage and overhead expenses, 
  • estimating optimum planting times, 
  • measuring soil metrics with regard to quality, and 
  • usage of pest control.

The agricultural industry seems to be adopting IoT enabled solutions to help decrease wastage and increase productivity in farming. It is an industry with one of the most dynamic growth rates in the world. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges faced in smart agriculture before you decide to invest.

Challenges in Smart Farming

Hardware

When building your IoT solution for farming you will need sensors for your device. What information you are collecting will determine the kind of sensors you will use. Your success will depend on the accuracy and reliability of this, which will determine the pricing structure.

Data Collection

Data analytics is an integral part of your smart solution. But if you have all the data and no way to analyse it, the information becomes useless. For this reason, you need to have data analytics, predictive algorithms and machine learning in order to come up with actionable information from the collected data.

Maintenance

IoT devices that are used in the field are easily damaged. It is important that this hardware is durable and well maintained, or you may spend much unnecessary time and money replacing the sensors.

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Mobility

Smart farming applications should be built with mobility in mind. The owner or manager may need to access the information while on-site or remotely via a variety of devices. Each device needs to be able to communicate with the network seamlessly to be able to send data entered.

The Infrastructure

To make sure that your device performs at its best, you need a solid infrastructure that can communicate and handle large amounts of data.

Additionally, your infrastructure needs to be secure and your data must be safely stored beyond the reach of any malicious attempts to take control of your equipment.

If you are looking for a partner in your smart farming solution, why not contact us to see how we can assist you?

Sources

Eastern Peak 1, Eastern Peak 2

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