On Thursday 30 March, TechUK hosted an event looking into the potential impact of big data and the Internet of Things on the UK’s agriculture industry.
Michael Rose, Head of Data Engagement at DEFRA, gave an introduction to DEFRA’s upcoming publication of data sets and discussed the role of DEFRA in terms of enabling the UK agriculture industry to evolve, with 8000 data sets being opened up by June 2016. In releasing this data, DEFRA is allowing groups with more specific expertise to use that data in the development of solutions for current agricultural challenges.
Graeme Wright, Associate Director at Fujitsu, discussed Agriculture in the Hyperconnected World. His presentation covered some of the ways that technology is influencing agricultural solutions across the world, and the technological drivers of a shift into new business paradigms. New instances of technology in development and use in agricultural processes were also brought into this section of the presentation, including the production of low potassium lettuce for those on dialysis, and a breakdown of the existing benefits of the ‘connected cow’.
Matthew Smith, from Microsoft and Agri-Tech East, gave an overview of key insights from data and the impact of predictive modelling on the effective delivery of farming. This opens up a huge potential for software developers to create platforms that can make data accessible for use in forecasting and predictive strategies, making the process of agricultural analysis and planning easier and cheaper as business models are developed to utilise new technology.
Presentation slides from Graeme Wright and Matthew Smith are available for members below, and the slides from Mike Rose can be found here.
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