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A tractor, remote sensors and a smart phone – the essential tools for a modern farmer
To increase production, farmers are having to become tech savvy.
|Energy||Farming is an energy-intensive business. More farmers are turning to self-generation of energy, for example by having solar panels installed, in order to cut a farm’s energy bills, and also to provide additional income as excess energy is sold back to the grid.|
|Logistics||No more half empty lorries. Data on crop yields, passed from the farm to the supply chain, allows distributors to arrange the logistics of delivery much more efficiently.|
|Satellite mapping||A bird’s eye view from a satellite means the growth of crops can be carefully monitored. Using this information, farmers can determine the optimum time to harvest.|
|Smart greenhouses||Wilting leaves are a thing of the past with heat sensors planted throughout a greenhouse. The results go into the cloud and are relayed to the heating system—leading to precisely the right temperature for growing.|
|Livestock biometrics||Livestock biometrics allow for the fast identification and monitoring of animals.|
|Equipment telematics||Telematics technology collects and manages information from field equipment, allowing the farmer to review performance and diagnose issues remotely.|
Learn more about Hitachi’s work making farms in Italy smarter: http://social-innovation.hitachi/eu/topics/social-innovation-in-Italy/?W...