Smart Farming and LED Lighting

By WPG AmericasDecember 11, 2018

What is Smart Farming?

Smart agriculture or smart farming refers to tech-driven crop production and involves the use of sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, drones, robotics, big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and more. By utilizing data, analytics, and IoT, farmers can improve farm efficiency and help maximize their crop production.

An estimate by BIS Research shows that the global smart farming market could reach $23.14 billion by 2022. Factors such as rising consumer demands, need for higher crop yield, the increasing adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in farming, and the need for growers to become climate-smart are driving the growth of the smart agriculture market.

Better Efficiency, Bigger Yields 

Using data, analytics and IoT in the fields means farmers can monitor their crop more closely from afar and make impactful changes in to real-time. Analytics and data-driven precision farming equips them with information, like weather conditions, soil properties and fertilization measures, that allow growers to make the best possible production decisions.

At the same time, connected devices and IoT technologies monitor and automate daily operations, helping farmers overcome challenges such as droughts and unpredictable weather. These technologies can even aid in pest control measures.

With access to real-time data, growers can quickly identify and address problems, improving their yield and speed of production. Plus, smart farms monitored using IoT sensors managed by AI-based data platforms can cut down the need for labor, creating even more cost savings for farmers.

Boosting Indoor Farming Results

Implementing smart farming techniques in highly controlled indoor environments promises even better results. While indoor cultivation methods allow farmers to have precise control over yield and plant quality, the use of analytics can help them accurately identify the different factors affecting the harvest. Experts have estimated that smart farming could be as much as 50% more energy-efficient than other indoor growing environments.

LED Lighting for Smart Farms

Intelligent LED systems are the ideal lighting solution for indoor smart farming facilities. In fact, the impact of smart horticultural lighting goes beyond the usual benefits of LED-based grow lights — such as energy savings, enhanced produce quality and yield in controlled environment, and so on. Smart grow lights assisted by sensors can help farmers fine-tune light combinations according to the plant’s species and growth stage. When such tasks are automated, it can amplify cost savings and increase production speed dramatically.

With technology making crop production more efficient, farmers will be able to grow more, and feed more people, with less resources.

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