In a recent article published by Business Insider Australia, farmers are now using IoT methods to create more sustainable and predictable farming processes through automated and remote working setups. According to the article:
“Through automated monitoring of trends in weather, local water levels and soil moisture, [IoT] offers farmers visibility into the real-time performance of their irrigation to improve strategy. The insights are laid out in a visual dashboard, called SCADAfarm (supervisory control and data acquisition), a bespoke platform built on Schneider Electric’s Ecostruxure architecture and Microsoft Azure technologies.”
The long-term benefits of the automated system are highlighted as a reduction in water wastage and improved irrigation efficiency, delivering financial benefits to farmers.
Dealing With Droughts?
A bigger value of these IoT systems comes when facing weather hardships like droughts. According to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, the entire state has encountered some form of drought following one of the driest winters on record. According to another Business Insider article speaking to the droughts faced in Australia and the impact it has had on the country, “The NSW Government has a $1 billion drought relief package which includes transport subsidies, waivers on farming costs, animal welfare measures and mental health support.”
Although assistance is seemingly necessary, farmers are using IoT to combat this weather as much as possible. “Using unprecedented data feedback”, reported by Business Insider, “farmers are able to turn the water on and off, adjust pressure, and set pivot speeds and direction by using a simple app, and it can all be tracked for programming over time.” Farmers are able to use IoT technologies like SCADAfarm to assist with checking soil moisture and adjusting watering depth to prevent losses of a scarce resource—a critical tactic during drought-like conditions.
The Future of Agribusiness and why it matters for Superintendents
Agriculture being conducted through commercial principles is driving IoT technologies to better serve markets across the globe. “By 2020 the number of IoT connected devices globally is expected to be 30 billion, and this is forecast to grow to 100 billion by 2025”, according to Business Insider. As a result, Superintendents in Golf are able to reap the rewards of mature technologies that have proven successful in similar agricultural environments. The trend is all headed towards Arificial Intelligence – meaning, whatever IoT solution you’re considering at your property, imagine a time when that system gives you actionable intelligence based off of past patterns and current, real-time data. IoT in irrigation, soil monitoring, and preventative equipment maintenance will all be a part of a digital ecosystem making intelligent decision on behalf of a Superintendents maintenance goals.
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