Let’s Start With Security
Smart technologies, including smart tractors, create a data-based ecosystem around your farm’s security. This system of CCTV, pressure pads, sensors, and tags work together to achieve farm security benefits including:
- Access control
- Perimeter protection and electric fence monitoring
- Protection of your family, workers, livestock, and assets
- Alerts around unauthorised access or unusual activity in outbuildings, storage areas, workshops, barns, and other infrastructure
- Precise evidence-gathering in the event of theft and loss for a greater chance of prosecuting criminals
- Real-time tracking and enhanced chance of recoverability
- Personnel, supplier, and guest monitoring
- Lone worker protection
By collecting, analysing, and reacting to this data, farmers are put in a position of strategic decision-making like never before. These readings clearly indicate what works and what doesn’t, where resources are being used, where they can be saved, and any anomalies in existing systems. By making adjustments based on this data, farmers have the potential to boost productivity and efficiencies, increase profits, and mitigate losses.
One advantage of using smart asset management is the ability to know an inventory of all important metrics at any time. This makes daily stock takes a reality and the system can be pre-programmed to alert you when levels are low – without the need for manual processes. In turn, this assists with minimising disruptions.
A granular view of operations means you can intervene to ensure that crops and livestock thrive. This drives precision disease control and management.
Enhanced Potential for Machine Learning
Smart farm technologies reduce the need for manual processes. As a result, the reliance on a workforce is simultaneously reduced. As farm labour shortages are becoming increasingly challenging for farmers, this is an important tool in streamlining staff and personnel. It also assists staff in performing their jobs at high levels of productivity.
Full Supply Chain Applicability
By utilising smart agricultural technologies throughout the supply chain, farmers are empowered to monitor goods to their final destination. This means farmers can pivot around logistic delays, undesirable storage or trucking conditions, and quantities. This allows farmers to deliver an exceptional level of service.
Additionally, the traceability of food matters now more than ever. It is also reasonable to expect it to continue to be a point of priority. This system of data collection and record-keeping gives farmers access to highly detailed, accurate records. This inspires greater accountability around food safety and compliance, which means we eat better.
In addition to securing farm assets, smart farm technologies can help farmers to take better care of them too. Data readings inform farmers on the ideal regularity with which to perform maintenance on their key equipment to avoid downtime, costly reactive maintenance, and negatively affected efficiencies. This also plays a role in workplace safety and these real-time data insights help to achieve safety and compliance.
Smart Livestock Monitoring
Rural crime often involves stock theft and smart technologies can help in this regard too. Smart GPS collars provide real-time location information for monitoring, tracking, and recoverability. In addition to wearables, the ingestible bolus from Smarter Technologies Group alerts farmers to undesirable temperature fluctuations to react and contain disease, streamline calving, and reduce mortalities.
Find out everything you need to know. Read our Complete Guide to Smart Farming and Agriculture.