A smart farm uses technology to increase productivity and reduce costs utilising the farm’s resources and assets.

The Internet of Things (IoT), using sensors as one of the building blocks, is the connection of devices which enables them to ‘talk’ to each other.

The result is the collection of data and the ability to automate activities and actions. The current thinking is that there will be over 26 billion connected devices by 2020.

Data is quickly becoming of the world’s most valuable resources. The key is to collect, store and analyse data – consistently and regularly – to create insights which highlight patters and anomalies. These insights allow informed decisions which can provide cost efficiencies and improved productivity.
Consumer and supplier’s expectations, both local and global, are changing. There is a strong shift in consumer thinking – and, in turn, food supply chain stakeholders such as supermarkets – increasingly wanting to know the origin of food and how it was grown.

Food provenance, therefore, is becoming one of the major points of differentiation. Coupled with biosecurity compliance, farms are required more than ever to validate the origin of their produce.

Farm telemetry allows the transmission of data and commands between your designated devices for example gates, soil probes and assets such as tractors to ‘talk’ to each other.
LoRaWan stands for Long Range Wide Area Network. It is designed to allow low-powered devices, such as sensors, to communicate over long range wireless connections.
It stands for Narrowband IoT and is a technology which works independently to transmit data.