- Decision support systems (DSS) for agriculture 4.0
- Smart agricultural machinery and low-cost precision agriculture
Although some companies offer commercial solutions for precision farming, their uptake is severely hampered by the extremely high cost, particularly for small and medium-sized farms. Moreover, companies often propose 'closed' systems that are of limited use to the user who cannot fully exploit the potential benefits of the collected data. Our aim is to use recent developments in microelectronics to implement alternative devices for precision farming, which allow full accessibility and use of data at a fraction of the cost of official listings. In particular, we are studying the feasibility of low-cost implementation of RTK (Real Time Kinematic) solutions for accurate geolocation in the field and the use of wireless sensors of various kinds in the field or on board agricultural vehicles. We are also interested in the development of libraries for data transfer that allow a completely open workflow, without using proprietary software.
Low-cost solutions for precision farming will first be applied and tested at an experimental farm and, once an appropriate level of development has been reached, tested at several pilot farms, with a view to disseminating these new developments.