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From farm to robot to fork: How the Internet of Things is moving us towards ‘agriculture 4.0’

Image result for robot tractor agricultureThe Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make big advancements in many fields, but none more so – literally – than in agriculture, according to John Deere’s Richard Johnson. He describes modern agriculture as living in a period he refers to as ‘agriculture 4.0’, much like we talk of industry 4.0 and the amalgamation of every technological advancement within the area of IoT. Right now, he said, much of John Deere’s own focus on IoT remains within the area of guidance as “it is such an economic benefit to customer, also coupled with the fact that, once you invest into that tech, you can quickly get into machine automation.” The next big step, Johnson said, is not just using sensors. “I think the next revolution is connecting machines, connecting fields and connecting operators.” “But the next one we see in the future – that is there today but where we’re seeing a slower level of adoption – is what we call agronomical optimisation.” This brings big data into the fray… More

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