Agriculture is subject to a swathe of macro and micro environmental factors, meaning that AI’s intense analysis of vast data sets will be invaluable to the sector. This, however, relies on the ability to collect and process data from across the whole agriculture operation. Our research has revealed that agritech’s adoption of IoT technology has been enthusiastic and sophisticated, with almost half having fully deployed IoT-based solutions. This take-up indicates the place that IoT will have in developing a much more precise way of farming that can improve productivity and efficiency. Smart sensors with remote sensing capabilities will result in ever more detailed amounts of data collected in the years ahead, enabling the extensive micro-management of production in hundreds of new ways.
76 per cent of agritech respondents believe that the IoT will revolutionise their industry, and this is unsurprising when you consider how the farms of the future can utilise smart sensors in an IoT network that encompasses the whole agricultural operation. This kind of network will act as the foundation for an agricultural operation that adapts in real-time to environmental changes – for example, maximising production of certain crops during favourable weather conditions, automatically protecting growing yields from rain or hail, or diagnosing an outbreak of disease amongst plants or animals before it takes hold. Automated robotics will then be able to address this issues without the intervention of a human.