Developing Smart Agriculture with IoT technologies is a must, according to a new whitepaper authored by Libelium and Beecham Research. The driver for this, according to the FAO, is that by 2050 worldwide food production needs to increase by 70% to feed the predicted global population of 9.6 billion people.
Libelium and Beecham Research are promoting Smart Agriculture as one of the key applications in the IoT market with the publication of a white paper offering insight into how wireless sensor networks can impact food production by reducing crop loses and increasing production.
The agriculture industry has to face several challenges such as the limited availability of arable land, the global climate change, the growing scarcity of water, restrictions on fertilizing uses, the price and availability of energy and the impact of urbanisation on rural labour supply.
Precision agriculture, based on sensor technologies, deals with these matters by providing real-time monitoring of crops and enabling predictive models to anticipate any danger. Different parameters such as speed and wind direction, pluviometer, temperature, solar radiation or soil moisture can be measured.
Libelium has wide experience of operating in the Smart Agriculture sector through its interactive platform Waspmote Plug&Sense! Smart Agriculture. The company has deployed the platform in important worldwide projects with different cloud partners and communication protocols.
The white paper summarises the most interesting success stories such as: predicting vineyard conditions in Slovenia and Switzerland; preventing pests in olives, increasing tobacco crops quality and reducing strawberries deliver times to market in Italy; improving cocoa production in Indonesia; and preventing harmful environmental impacts in waste water irrigation in Australia.
“Small farmers and large landowners need help to approach and understand the potential of the IoT market by installing smart technologies to increase sustainability and competitiveness in their productions. The returns on investment achievable are amazing,” said Libelium CEO Alicia Asín.
The Whitepaper's author, Saverio Romeo, stated that: “Analysing the solutions of the IoT market for agriculture, Libelium offers the most interoperable technology and the easiest solution to deploy and maintain.”
Libelium, through its IoT Marketplace, facilitates access to developing IoT solutions for
agriculture with an out-of-the-box kit, which enables customers to monitor environmental parameters in farming, vineyards or greenhouses. Developers and system integrators can use this kit to make Proof of Concepts to test business cases before going for massive deployments.
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