With the advent and the rise of IOT in the businesses today, it seems like every business is touched by IOT in some kind of way or the other. The manufacturing industry is using IOT extensively, and hence, IOT is changing how goods are manufactured. The marketers are also using IOT to smoothen the process of marketing by inducing the market data’s, and hence, IOT is also changing the paradigm of marketing. IOT obviously, is therefore, changing the way consumers are consuming things. Now, a lot has been said over the past few years about the integration of IOT in specific industries like, petrochemical, medicine and the manufacturing industry, but we are constantly overlooking the industry that has implemented IOT in perhaps the most widespread way. The Agriculture Industry.
Of course, we all are aware of the fact that the world population is growing, and therefore the yield of the crops produced also needs to go, but that is not happening. There have been serious efforts made by the farmers and the scientists all over the world, to increase the yield of crops over the past few decades, since, it food production is a concern for people from all over the world. Some of the efforts like the Pesticides and GMO’s has also created negativity from the consumers all around the world.
With the introduction of IOT, farmers are finding it easy to incorporate new ways to yield more and more crops. Fortunately, these ways that farmers are finding by using IOT, are not toxic and are not capable of genetic mutation. Using IOT features such as sensors and over-the-internet communication, farmers are optimizing already best-known practices to yield more and more food crops.
It is actually surprising that how the agriculture industry has integrated IOT in various ways, and is basically the testbed for testing new technology. In this article, let us see what are the reasons for this.
Ease of Deployment
IOT can be deployed with ease in the agriculture industry, and there are valid reasons for it. It is easier in the agriculture industry for a simple reason and that is, Agriculture industry haven’t got an older technology already running, and hence, newer technology like IOT can be integrated anytime and anywhere without thinking about it. But, in other industries such as Manufacturing or heavy industries, there is an old existing technology that is governing all the activities in the factory. This embedded old technology needs to be eradicated first, and there are concerns regarding that as well. The revenues can come down, and the company can run in losses for a few days. This is not a concern in the farming sector.
Another reason that why agriculture industry is the testbed for IOT is because, the return of Investment can easily be realized. With a meagre investment, farmers can make a considerable profit. For instance, a sensor which senses an important crop data, might be used, and then analyzing that data, the farmer can try better methods at better times, which will increase the crop yields.
In agriculture sector, it is confirmed that once the integration of a sensor is giving the farmers instant value, it will continue providing value for as long as it is used. IOT also helps in reducing waste and conserving water. IOT can also spearhead technology in equipment’s used by a farmer for farming. For instance, with the use of IOT, connected tractor can be implemented which can gather information, and hence reduce the wastage of seeds.
Open Automation Software or OAS, has been developing solutions to implement IOT in industries and has been hugely successful in it. They are the frontrunners in providing solutions with business automation in various environments, which is helping the industry in a large way. Contact them to know more.