The digitized farm
The smart digital farm requires a new type of stable digital wireless infrastructure for services that are critical. This project will build a system that is robust and cost-effective and can handle both high data rates from cameras to slow battery-powered field sensors located far from the farm. The project will further develop existing and new services and adapt sensors and cameras to meet the needs of different farmers. The purpose is to create attractive packages around installation, operation and services for a digitized farm.
The needs that the farmer meets can vary depending on the size and operations of the farm, but are often about labor-saving measures, better control and increased efficiency and productivity.
Examples of digital services are found in several areas such as a) measurement and control and b) surveillance and protection.
Measurement and control
Within ‘measurement and control,’ the farmer needs to continuously measure entities as soil moisture, temperature, and humidity, level, conductivity, pH, etc. for control of storage (potatoes, cereals, seeds, feed silos), controlled irrigation, fertilization, and protection against frost and plant infestation for outdoor cultivation and control of indoor cultivation in farm buildings.
Surveillance and protection
Within ‘surveillance and protection,’ there is a need for location and monitoring of areas, real estate, machinery, fuel tanks, access roads, gates, fences, water pipes, pastures, and farmland, including animals in movement between different locations.
When it comes to a customized infrastructure for data in agriculture, there is a need for solutions that can work wirelessly over different distances – from a few meters up to many kilometers. Today’s networks adaptable to these needs include WiFi, NB-IoT, and LoRa, an open wireless network for data traffic around the Internet of Things (IoT).
Sensative part: Sensative contributes to the project with the use of Yggio, sensors and our IoT- and wireless expertise, for development of the technical platform and pilots for IoT use cases and applications within agriculture and in rural areas.
Participants: Alovivum, Axelssons i Aby, Connetti, Consulin, Human Fidelity, Jacobssons Jordbruk, Knutsson Lantbruk och Maskinvärdering, Lantbruksit i Sverige, Lyckeby Starch, Mafa I Ängelholm, Nakhlatec, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sensative, Sensefarm and Videocent
External funding: the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) with support from Jordbruksverket
Duration: July 2018 – December 2021