Developing smarter agriculture tools through IoT technologies is vital, according to analysis from Libelium and Beecham Research, if a forecast from the food and agriculture arm of the United Nations (FAO) is to be believed.
The FAO argues that worldwide food production should see a 70% increase by 2050 to cater to the needs of 9.6 billion people and that developing smart agriculture with IoT technologies is crucial to meeting this goal. As a result, the two companies have released a whitepaper that details how wireless sensor networks can cut down crop loses and raise production.
The agriculture industry faces a number of challenges in the form of lack of arable land, global climate change, increasing water scarcity, constraints on use of fertilisers, price and availability of energy and the effect of urbanisation on the supply of labour to rural areas. Precision agriculture provides a solution with the use of sensor technologies to ensure real-time monitoring for crops and provide predictive models to foresee danger.
Libelium boasts extensive experience with Smart Agriculture based on the platform Waspmote Plug&Sense! Smart Agriculture. The company has implemented projects across the globe with varying cloud partners and communication protocols. The whitepaper goes into detail about successful projects like preventing pest in olives, increasing tobacco crops quality and reducing strawberries time to market in Italy; enhancing cocoa production in Indonesia; foreseeing vineyard conditions in Slovenia and Switzerland; and preventing environmental impact in waste water irrigation in Australia.
Libelium, via The IoT Marketplace, provides a kit that facilitates the tracking of environmental parameters in farming, vineyards or greenhouses. Developers and System Integrators utilise the kit to develop Proof of Concepts to trial business cases prior to undertaking huge deployments. The Whitepaper's author, Saverio Romeo, said: “[While] analysing the solutions of the IoT market for agriculture, Libelium offers the most interoperable technology and the easiest solution to deploy and maintain.”
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