Tag Archives : IoT


DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law

The iconic image of the American farmer is one who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software. Dave Alford considers himself a small farmer — he’s got 1,000 acres in San Luis Obispo along the central coast of California. “You spend so much of your time in agriculture fixing things,” Alford says. “It’s more economically beneficial to me […]


Future of Farming: IoT, Agricultural Sensors, & Farming Drones

Smart agriculture and precision farming could just be the precursors to even greater use of technology in the farming world. BI Intelligence predicts that IoT device installations in the agriculture world will increase from 30 million in 2015 to 75 million in 2020, for a compound annual growth rate of 20%. The US currently leads the world in IoT smart agriculture, as it produces 7,340 kgs of cereal (e.g. wheat, rice, maize, barley, etc.) per hectare (2.5 acres) of farmland, compared to the global average of 3,851 kgs of cereal per hectare. This efficiency should only improve in the coming decades […]


AR’s Potential in the Supply chain

While the consumer-facing side of augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR) is gaining exposure through companies like Facebook’s Oculus, Samsung, and HTC Vive, some businesses are looking to the technology to revolutionize supply-chain issues. This is because it could enable supply-chain managers to more easily visualize complex logistical problems. Dr. Matthias Winkenbach at MIT offers two examples of how the technology could be used: It could make traffic simulations and data indexes more digestible. A supply-chain manager could interact with 3D renderings of traffic simulations to inspect everything from items being shipped, to customer addresses, to real-time weather conditions. It could make […]


Internet of Things Inc. launches program with North American universities to drive new products

Internet of Things Inc., a Toronto-based IoT software and solutions provider, is capitalizing on leading-edge R&D and commercially available technology to accelerate its product development cycle. “We are very excited about working with leading universities to buildout our next-generation IoT technologies and products,” said IoT Inc.’s CEO Michael Frank. “We believe these partnerships will accelerate our growth strategy in both China and North America. We have had conversations with institutions in Ontario, Alberta, British Colombia, California and Pennsylvania.” As part of this initiative, IoT Inc. will look at acquiring products or services near commercialization which the universities’ commercialization offices have […]


Connected farms reap rewards

An agricultural solution with a machine learning component, irrigNET, was piloted two years ago to help a sugar factory grow sugar beets. IrrigNet sensors measure the water content in soil, and then combines that data with the models of the crops and local weather forecast to take the guesswork out of crop irrigation. With it, managers can also remotely monitor field conditions and use predictive data analytics tools to optimize water use for increase crop yield, while also reducing soil erosion. On top of the 30% increase brought by irrigation, irrigNET cites additional yield increases and reductions in water use […]


IoT technology transforms the fruits of farmers’ labors

Enhanced crop management is crucial because food production consumes natural resources and faces constant threats. About 70% of the world’s freshwater use goes toward growing crops, yet up to 40% of crops are destroyed by weeds, diseases, and insects. DunavNET, a Microsoft partner in Serbia, uses IoT technology to better equip food growers to know when to irrigate, how to control diseases, and where to fight pests. For example, last year the company helped a large ag company track its annual harvest at one of Europe’s largest apple orchards. It tracked the location of every pallet box in real time to ensure fruit’s […]


From farm to robot to fork: How IoT is moving us towards “agriculture 4.0”

At last November’s IoT World Europe conference in Dublin, Richard Johnson, director of product marketing at John Deere, described modern agriculture as “agriculture 4.0.” Harvesters are already (to a certain extent) semi-autonomous, while in dairy farming the process has become substantially computer-driven. Right now, John Deere’s focus on IoT remains within the area of guidance, such as devices like AutoTrac Vision cameras, which align a crop sprayer with rows of crops to prevent any getting crushed and harming a farmer’s revenues. The next big step is connecting machines, connecting fields and connecting operators. For example, one or two forager machines on […]