Farm Table says:
This article covers the impact that big data will have on smart farming and the challenges that need to be overcome to reach the full potential of this technological innovation.
Key points were as follows:
- Smart farming will be driven by the availability of big data in the future.
- Technology such as sensors in farming will be able to provide producers with large quantities of data.
- National security will need to be addressed before big data is available to protect privacy and security of information.
- Big data will assist in the development of new technologies and allow further developments within existing technology such as the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing.
- The basic farm management functions that will be able to be utilised by technology in the future consist of the following:
- Sensing and monitoring
- Analysis and decision making
- Big data will play a major role in the efficiencies of farm management.
- Large agribusiness corporations can work with farmers to analyse their data and find solutions to specific farm problems, however the ownership of the data that the farmer has provided is then used by those companies for their own analytics and the farmer has no rights over its use.
- Data ownership will continue to be a concern with big data until policies are in place to protect the privacy and security of that information.
- “It can be expected that farm management and operations will drastically change by access to real-time data, real-time forecasting and tracking of physical items and in combination with IoT developments in further automation and autonomous operation of the farm.”