SMART FARMING

Smart Farming Robots and UAVs take the field

Application of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into agriculture

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Geo-positioning systems (GPS)
  • Big Data
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, drones)
  • Ground Robots

More productive and sustainable agricultural production

Add value in the form of better decision making or more efficient exploitation operations and management

Smart Farming Components

  • Remote Sensing: Data Acquisition

  • Geo Localization: Overlay maps, GIS technology

  • Autonomous Machines: Host sensors and actuators

  • Decision Support System: Implements models and automatic rules, assists in strategic decision-making

  • Wireless communication

  • Big Data storing infrastructures

Smart Farming Benefits

Advantages

More accurate harvest estimation

Increase production

Reduced water usage

Decrease chemical inputs

Reduction of human burden for laborious tasks

Decrease human exposure to chemicals

Reduced environmental footprint

Remote monitoring

Barriers and Obstacles

Farmers perception and acceptability of the technology

Initial and maintenance cost of the technology

Customization and calibrations of technology based on crop type

Pantheon

Precision Farming of Hazelnut Orchards

Project PANTHEON is a smart farming research project funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework program. Inspired by the real needs of the partner Ferrero, the project aims at defining a new paradigm for the precision farming of hazelnut orchards. The core idea is to build a system able to monitor the phytosanitary status of each single plant of the orchard. This will result in focused interventions, yielding an increase in the overall orchard production while being more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

The PANTHEON consortium is coordinated by Prof. A. Gasparri and consists of four universities (Roma Tre, ULB, Trier, and Tuscia) and two industrial partners (Sigma Consulting, and Ferrero), which provide the complementary expertise and technologies (ranging from robotics and control theory, to agronomy, remote sensing, and big data) needed for the success of the project.

MONITORING AGRICULTURAL FIELDS

USER FRIENDLY DECISION SUPPORT

SYSTEM FOR AN INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT