Introducing IoT in agriculture: Italian experience – Presented by Giuliano Vitali, University of Bologna/ Fa.Mo.S.A

Introducing IoT in agriculture: Italian experience – Presented by Giuliano Vitali, UniBo / Fa.Mo.S.A. at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on Jun 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

Introducing IoT in agriculture is a participatory process, where innovation partners should work together producer/farmer associations. Each plant/crop/variety has different problems and priority should be given to plan observation schemes, to chose or design fitting sensors and recording devices. Years 2015 and 2016 proved that technology is ready and reliable for the majority of applications as much as network coverage (G4, SigFox) and data access platform. Case studies deal with typical problems of fruit production as irrigation alert and monitoring of ripening status.

About Giuliano Vitali
Giuliano Vitali is an agro-physicist working at the Faculty of Agriculture of Bologna for 30 years on physics applied to soil, plant, crop & farm systems, with a large experience on lab and field devices, data analysis and mathematical modeling; recently he is collaborating with the agri-tech company Fa.Mo.S.A. on Smart-Farm and IoT applications.

About UniBo / Fa.Mo.S.A
Mo.S.A. is a small company born in 2014 to support quality production in orchards (kiwifruit, kaki, peach-tree, pear) protected (e.g.strawberry) and irrigated crops (e.g.corn). Fa.Mo.S.A. is mainly working by projects, where specific problem-oriented design of devices are set-up for observation and alerting growers (e.g. irrigation, ripening).

Smart FarmingAbout Smart Farming Conference
The Smart Farming Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition:

Scope: After mechanisation, the introduction of mineral fertiliser and the industrialisation of production processes, connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next revolution in the history of farming, smart farming. Precision agriculture has been an evolving reality for some time, but It has now reached a point where it is not only possible to collect vast quantities of data, but also  to control different pieces of equipment or monitor individual animals, the Internet of Things. A growing number of farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How to deal with change (from traditional farmer to smart farmer)? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions.

Focus topics:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 (drones (Air / Land), sensors /sensor network, Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics, Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, etc)
  • Precision agriculture
  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing and many more…

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