User-centric approach to facilitate a widespread uptake of satellite-based solutions for agri-food sector

Annalisa Donati

by Annalisa Donati, Eurisy

The European agricultural sector is one of the world leading producers of food, guarantor of food security and quality and provider of millions of jobs. Yet it faces many challenges from environmental pressures, mostly related to climate change and loss of biodiversity, to the need for sustainable and efficient management of resources such as water, soil and energy.

Data-based technologies, including satellite positioning systems like GPS, remote sensing, and the Internet have the potential to increase farm efficiency and improve production, and also to contribute to making farming systems more sustainable from an economic, social and environmental point of view.

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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”