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IoT to improve production on the farm

On the farm

In smart farming, arable land productivity is underpinned by understanding soil health, in terms of structure, moisture, and nutrient requirements.

IoT based sensor networks, especially if combined with other data from satellite and vehicle-mounted systems, can deliver daily soil location based status information from anywhere on an estate to inform the best cost effective interventions at the right time from sowing to harvest.

For livestock, health and wellbeing is directly linked to feed conversion index and quality of produce from milk to meat, all of which can be tracked, monitored and quantified through a variety of wearable and remote sensing devices.

As we move towards whole farm management systems, the role of IoT will become more established in acquiring information from processes that would otherwise be too resource-heavy to achieve in any other way.

If you would like to know more about CENSIS activity in this sector, let’s talk.

Food and drink

Improving production on the farm is one of the health and social care subjects explored in our CENSIS FutureTech programme.

This is an area where Internet of Things (IoT) technologies could deliver huge benefits and enhance people’s lives.


Sector knowledge

Within the FutureTech programme, CENSIS met with people from different sectors to hear their ideas about the transformative potential of IoT.

IoT technology will transform business operations across Scotland and impact every sector of the economy.


5 subject areas

The Scottish Government-funded FutureTech workshops were held across Scotland throughout 2019 in the subject areas of

  • Food and drink
  • Health and social care
  • Smart towns and cities
  • Transport
  • Tourism

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