Smart Farming Conference 2018 program & quotes from speakers’ presentations

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The Smart Farming Conference 2018 will take place on June 28, at Brightlands Campus in Venlo, The Netherlands, as part of a three-day Agri-Food Innovation Event, which includes 4 conferences, an expo, demo corners (Healthy Nutrition on June 27 and 3D Food Printing on June 28), a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, Brightbox tour (vertical farming expertise centre), Laboratorium tour Centre for Healthy Eating and Food Innovation and a 3D Food Printing Experience at Wageningen University & Research.

The program of the conference includes 10 speakers from reputed universities and companies.

Thijs Verploegen, Productmanager Deepfield Connect, Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH, Germany, on “From Robotics to IoT Bosch’s activities in the Smart Agricultural field”: Continue reading “Smart Farming Conference 2018 program & quotes from speakers’ presentations”

Technology as a driver in biodiverse long-lasting productivity – Presented by Eva van Rijsingen, Blue Engineering

Eva van Rijsingen

Technology as a driver in biodiverse long-lasting productivity – Presented by Eva van Rijsingen, Blue Engineering, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands, during the Agri-Food Innovation Event.

Taking a close look at nature, that’s smart. Nature is fully optimized for efficiency. Smart would be to collaborate with what is already there and to ensure the collaboration is long lasting. Extending the initial collaboration with more partners would improve the resilience of the collaboration as a whole and of its parts.

Looking at agriculture, what ís already there? And how can we set up a long-lasting collaboration between all components of the ecosystem, making use of biodiversity? Creating more robust and long-lasting productivity: huge challenges and technology is our most promising tool! Continue reading “Technology as a driver in biodiverse long-lasting productivity – Presented by Eva van Rijsingen, Blue Engineering”

Smart Farming & Big Data: What happens in the market & where are opportunities for you – Presented by Geert Hermans, ZLTO

Geert Hermans

ZLTO vision on Smart Farming and Big Data; What happens in the market and how and where are there opportunities for you! – Presented by Geert Hermans, ZLTO, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Geert Hermans gives an impression of the ZLTO vision and strategy on Smart Farming and Big data in the agro sector. He also indicates which developments there are in the Netherlands, projects that ZLTO is involved in, which high-tech companies can use.

This lecture provides insight into the technological market developments. If you want to explore the agro market, start here! Continue reading “Smart Farming & Big Data: What happens in the market & where are opportunities for you – Presented by Geert Hermans, ZLTO”

Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences

Erp-van der Kooij

Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

With increasing farm sizes and more animals for the farmer to take care of, giving each individual animal the attention it needs is becoming more difficult. Precision Livestock Farming uses (sensor) technology to monitor the health and behaviour of all animals in the herd, thus assisting the farmer in his management. The purpose of this monitoring is to detect deviations from the expected values and improve animal health, animal welfare and efficiency of animal production. In this presentation Lenny van Erp will give an overview of current and upcoming technologies in precision livestock farming.

Interview
What drives you?
I am interested in data, technology and animal behaviour. I love working with animals and with datasets, towards a practical result. Continue reading “Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences”

Blockchain: a powerful tool for creating trust in the food chain – Presented by Louis de Bruin, IBM

Blockchain: a powerful tool for creating trust in the food chain – Presented by Louis de Bruin, IBM at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

A brief explanation that makes Blockchain understandable for everybody, followed by some of the key components of Blockchain. Subsequently examples of Blockchain featuring IBM’s Food Trust solution with world players as Walmart, Unilever, Nestlé. Finally some hints and tips on how to start with Blockchain.

About Louis de Bruin
Louis de Bruin is Blockchain Leader for IBM Global Business Services in Europe. He has early on recognized Blockchain’s potential to improve and simplify cumbersome processes in complex ecosystems. This is in particular the case in supply chains where large amounts of data are exchanged between many parties. Louis is closely involved in IBM’s Food Trust Solution where Blockchain is used to drastically improve the transparency in the food chain. For this reason he works closely with retailers, and companies and organizations in the food chain and government institutions. He leads a number of Blockchain development project such as the formation of a Blockchain consortium that includes insurance companies and government institutions such as a Vehcile Licensing Agency, Police to provide the public a solution that reduces vehicle related crime, based on the award winning Bikeblockchain, that IBM co-developed. Louis is also closely working with the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric effort, an open source technology used by IBM to develop many enterprise grade Blockchains. He has been appointed to the Strategic Adivsory Board of the Centre for Resilience Engineering of the four collaborating Technical Universities in the Netherlands. In this capacity he advises companies on the use of Blockchain in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals and the Critical Infrastucture Protection Forum. Louis is board member of the WSB foundation that drives the adoption of renewable energy and actively works with schools and universities to help young people to build a future with sustainable energy. Louis is co-author of the book “Working with Blockchain” with preface of Mr Dijsselbloem, former president of the Eurogroup. He frequently speaks at international Blockchain events and as guest lecturer he teaches at universities throughout Europe and acts as advisor to government officials and Members of (European) Parliament.

Interview 
What drives you?
Blockchain is a force for good, brining us us the chance to bring trust and transparancy to mass audiences without a middleman. And that is just the beginning. But it does not happen by itself. I want to help drive the Blockhain revolution and create a better world for us and future generations.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A Rai stone, a good book and most of all, good company.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
A world that is sustainable, bringing higher quality of life for humans, animals and plants

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Resistance to change, the wish to make a quick buck, a lack of understanding

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
How to engage in Blockchain and apply the concept to better processes in an ecosystem in which they operate

About Smart Farming Conference
The Smart Farming Conference is part of the two-day Agri Food Innovation Event (June 27-28, 2018) which includes four dedicated conferences (Healthy Nutrition ConferenceVertical Farming Conference3D Food Printing ConferenceSmart Farming ConferenceCentral expo , a 3D Food Printing Masterclass and a Networking Dinner.

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data, AI and more
  • Precision agriculture
  • Precision Livestock Farming
  • Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
  • Investment in R&D
  • New business models
  • Cross disciplinary themes

Who should attend?
Farmers | Growers | Agricultural industry | Technology suppliers (corporate, start-up) | System integrators | Governmental bodies (Local, Regional, National) | Project developers | Finance / Consulting | Logistics suppliers | anyone interested in smart farming

 

 

Pixel Farming, farming in the digital era – Presented by Arend Koekkoek, Campus Almkerk

Arend Koekkoek

Pixel Farming, farming in the digital era – Presented by Arend Koekkoek, Idea-x/ Campus Almkerk, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

What if we could solve a lot of the environmental issues of agriculture and improve production efficiency? Pixel Farming enables a digital approach of the full food production chain, allowing us to produce food in an environmentally friendly way by utilising the power of biodiversity and data.

In this presentation you will get an overview of pixel farming and the current development programme that is ongoing on the Campus in Almkerk. Continue reading “Pixel Farming, farming in the digital era – Presented by Arend Koekkoek, Campus Almkerk”

How space technology and robotics can help make better wine – Presented by Dennis van der Wiel, Polariks

Dennis van der Wiel

How space technology and robotics can help make better wine – Presented by Dennis van der Wiel, Polariks, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

During this presentation we will our tell you about hyperspectral imaging platform technology in full detail. Due to the increased amount of information that becomes visible with hyperspectral imaging, it is sure that this technology will revolutionize the entire agricultural market from farm to plate. As Polariks, we focus on the first step of the entire food chain: the in-field measurement of crops. We specialize in monitoring crops to determine quality and to detect diseases the most early stages. Continue reading “How space technology and robotics can help make better wine – Presented by Dennis van der Wiel, Polariks”

Photonics is becoming a major player in Agrifood industry

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Photonics is becoming a major player in the Agrifood industry

Detecting crop and water quality
Photonics is becoming a major player in the Agrifood industry. With its advanced optical sensing methods photonics can help farmers to determine the protein levels in wheat harvests, screen for contaminants in their planted fruits and vegetables and observe water quality to measure the health of fish stocks, to name a few examples.

So-called ‘lidar’ (light detection and radar) systems use light signals to accurately map large land area’s. They can be mounted on a plane to measure large-scale crop effects in agricultural regions, for instance. Continue reading “Photonics is becoming a major player in Agrifood industry”

World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner

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World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner

The world’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot has been delivered to its new owner, a French asparagus grower. The robot is called Sparter and was developed and built by Dutch start-up Cerescon in close cooperation with Dutch and German asparagus growers.

Continue reading “World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner”

IoT applications for farmers – Presented by Pieter Hoenderken, Het Internet Huis

Pieter Hoenderken

IoT applications for farmers – Presented by Pieter Hoenderken, Het Internet Huis, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

There’s much told and written about the practical implementation of Internet of Things on the farm. is it all about ‘big data’, portals and machine learning or does IoT really support the labor on the farm. This presentation will demonstrate a number of applications based of IoT. the presentation also will talk a little bit about the near future. Continue reading “IoT applications for farmers – Presented by Pieter Hoenderken, Het Internet Huis”