If you’re not familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s a major technological development in recent years. Specifically, IoT is a term for the use of sensors, processors, and other physical devices communicating over a network. IoT is used in a multitude of fields for a variety of purposes. You can learn more about the various applications of IoT here.
How does IoT work in agriculture?
As the field of agriculture has become increasingly driven by technology, it has seen incredible developments in automation, data analysis, cost reduction, etc. The agricultural applications of IoT are numerous. For example, sensors can complete comprehensive field examinations, giving farmers insights into soil content, typography, and various other data. These sensors can also incorporate climate forecasts into their analytics to provide farmers with extremely precise analysis.
Using IoT means farmers can monitor crops, livestock, produce, equipment, etc. directly from their smartphones or other devices. They can also run simulations and predictions for livestock and crops using statistics provided by IoT devices. These techniques make up the field of precision agriculture. Devices in this field are designed to provide farmers with specific and accurate data to minimize risk while improving production output. But better data analysis is only one of the many improvements IoT is making in farming.
How does IoT reduce risk?
Risk reduction is another central goal of IoT. With smarter data and better control comes minimized risk. And minimal risk helps farmers manage costs better and reduce waste. One of the best examples of risk reduction in agricultural IoT is the smart greenhouse. Smart greenhouses utilize the monitoring and automation technology of IoT to provide farmers with more control of crops. IoT devices enable the regulation of temperature, humidity, light, irrigation, etc. Within the greenhouse microclimate, regulations like these can become exceedingly precise.
Even outside the greenhouse, devices like soil moisture sensors and water delivery systems can reduce risk simply by providing farmers with a more comprehensive understanding of their crops. Precise data and effective tools coupled with a farmer’s knowledge of their farm can drastically improve productivity and reduce waste.
How can I bring IoT into my farm?
Data Harbor provides IoT solutions that are planned and implemented based on each client’s unique needs. Our systems are designed with performance and reliability at the forefront. We provide an extensive array of devices for remote monitoring. To discuss what our platform can do for you, contact us here. You can also learn more about our various devices and systems here.