Digitalisation and robotisation have great potential for a more sustainable, profitable and climate-smart agriculture. We have the deep competences in both technology and agriculture that is needed to find solutions that work in practice.
Digitalisation is the next revolution in agriculture. Digitalisation offer solutions to many challenges for a sustainable food chain through new measurement methods, data collection, analysis and traceability, as well as increased automation and precision.
In agriculture, much of the digital technology can be labelled under the concept of precision agriculture (site-specific cultivation, precision livestock management), which involves using inputs and actions only to the extent that is beneficial, thereby increasing both sustainability and profitability of production.
Digitalization of agriculture is taking the next step after precision farming by linking different systems with IoT (Internet of Things) and analysing data with AI (artificial intelligence). This is often referred to as Smart farming or Farming 4.0. Connection and sharing of data is a key factor for success. The results of data analysis can be used for increased traceability, as a basis for decision making or to directly control autonomous machinery that manages the cultivation or animals.
We have deep expertise in both technology and agriculture
The development of new technologies for agriculture requires both deep knowledge of agricultural needs and conditions, and deep knowledge of the possibilities and constraints of new technologies. Agriculture takes place in an environment with biological processes and relationships that are complex and the technology used in today's agriculture is advanced. We have this broad competence gathered within the same organization with specialists in both agriculture and ICT.
We have the infrastructure for development of new technologies for agriculture
We have a wide network of farmers around the country and in the agricultural industry for test and development in a real environment. In addition, we run a testbed for digitalized agriculture, which serves as an arena for cooperation, development and testing, where the agricultural industry and industry can collaborate, and both develop agriculture and new products and services. We also have a prototype workshop where advanced tools, experimental equipment or full-scale autonomous electric machines can be built. When the first step in development is taken in a testbed environment, we can scale up tests to real farms around Sweden.