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How Internet of Things Makes Agriculture Smarter?

In the coming future all the key agricultural decisions will be made within a few clicks on the tablet or mobile phone.A farmer will still come to his field more of a  habit  rather than a necessity.Each morning,the farmer will receive complete farm overview charts to the e-mail containing farm information.

IoT allows to access and control physical objects, including fields, animals, machinery via the Internet. IoT is not just a technical innovation; it is a necessary innovation, which if correctly implemented, could help feed a hungry world and use natural resourses in a wise way. Moreover, the technological innovations of IoT assist farmers be more precise in their use of fertilizers and pesticides, thereby mitigating some environmental impacts.

To make sense of all the data that will be captured, we need sophisticated big data, analytics and cognitive computing systems that turn all the data into intelligence.

These issues and more were discussed by Kristina Kuznetsova, YPARD Ukraine Representative and Manager of Datalab Agro Ukraine, at the National Internet of Things Conference (http://conf.iotua.org/#shedule), that took place in Ramada Hotel, Kyiv on February 27.

Ms. Kuznetsova presented key IoT solutions developed by Datalab in the areas of Crop Farming and Livestock Managment. We focused on CropOptimizer and soil, water and leaf sensors, electronic pest traps, automated weather forecast, M2M communication. In livestock sector we shared practical application of NFC tags and electronic herd managment, milking and feeding robots, drones to secure animal pastures. Our products received a lot of attention from Ukrainian media, audience and IT&Telco companies.

Ukraine is known worldwide as an agricultural land. In 2015 Ukraine became number one world exporter of sunflower seeds and top 3 world exporter of cereals. Last year revenues from export of agricultural products equaled to 14 billion USD. On the other hand, Ukraine is also famous for its IT industry and bright brains of developers, putting Ukraine on the list of top 5 world countries offering IT outsoursing solutions and gaining revenues of 2,5 billion USD from export of IT solutions. Therefore, a bridge between agro and IT in form of universal IoT products is a next necessary step on a way to modern and innovative agricultural sector in Ukraine.