This article originally appeared on IoT for All at IoT For Sustainable Agriculture Needs Reliable Connectivity (iotforall.com).
By Kevin Quillien, co-founder and CTO at Krucial
Feeding a growing population sustainably is critical – and agriculture is at the center of that effort. But for this to happen, agriculture needs connectivity. Digitization, and the move towards agriculture 4.0, hold the key. As technologies mature, from digital twins to AI, they will be rolled out more and more to help farmers all over the world run operations more efficiently, increase yield, and improve livestock welfare. Industrial IoT (IIoT) gathers the relevant data which drives these technologies.
IIoT is already widely used across the industry – and the global IoT in the agriculture market is to due reach more than $20bn by 2027. However, when data being collected by IIoT becomes mission-critical, and digital technologies central to the functioning of operations, any downtime is damaging. Resilient and reliable communications to ensure data flows, regardless of conditions or location, is essential.
With 90% of the world lacking terrestrial connectivity services, this causes issues reaching parts of even the most advanced agricultural industries in the world, such as those in the U.S., Canada, and Australia – the challenge of resilient connectivity affects millions of acres of farming land.