With the global population reaching 9.1 billion by 2050, the world food production will need to rise by
With such high demand in food production (equivalent to more than 8000 years of combined food
production by 2050) and with an increasing limit on area available for food production, most of the 70% share in food production rise will be from technology. A global shift is in place right now in farming operations, from nearly no connected devices in 2000 to 600 million of connected devices by 2020 and 2 billion by 2035.
In February 2015, Avionics Control Systems was selected by the Speed Up!Europe programme to develop the Speed Up Smart Farming project (SUSF), a device that will ultimately help farmers to increase their crop production and reduce costs.
SUSF can be attached to agricultural machinery and collect and send to the cloud valuable information for farmers regarding the performance of their machinery. With this data, farmers can measure and improve the effectiveness of the farming methods applied to their crops, and therefore, increasing their benefits and save costs and resources.
In a second stage of the project, we will complete the system by adding external sensors to the SUSF. With this, we will be able to offer an exhaustive solution to the users, who will not only have extensive information of their agricultural machinery, but also thorough and useful data about their crops.
With the potential of hundreds of different sensors being used in farming applications, and millions of connected devices streaming data several times a day, every day, we have a large Internet of Things (IoT) use case. The expected global impact of Internet of Things in farming applications is that 11% of the land, 70% of fresh water and 40% of people will depend on it for their livelihood by 2050.