The usage of cases for IoT in agriculture are countless. There are definitely numerous ways which can aid someone to increase its performance and revenue. However, agriculture IoT apps development is not an easy task. There are certain number of challenges we need to be aware of if we are considering investing into smart farming.
1. The hardware
To begin with, to create an IoT solution for agriculture, we need to choose the sensors for our device or creating a custom one. Our choices rely on the types of information we want to gather and the aim of our solution in general. The quality of our sensors is vital to the success of our product. The latter relies on the accuracy of the gathered data and its reliability.
2. The brain
Secondly, data analytics must always be at the core of every smart agriculture solution. The gathered data itself will be of little help if we cannot make sense of it. Hence, we need to have powerful data analytics capabilities and apply predictive algorithms and machine learning, to obtain actionable insights based on the gathered data.
3. The maintenance
Moreover, hardware maintenance is a challenge that is of main importance for IoT products in agriculture. Utilizing sensors in the field and are easily destroyed. Hence, we need to be sure that our hardware is strong enough and easy to maintain. Else, we will need to replace our sensors more often than we would like.
4. The mobility
Furthermore, a business owner or farm manager must be able to access the information on site or remotely through a smartphone or desktop computer. Additionally, each connected device should be autonomous and have enough wireless range. To communicate with the other devices and send data to the central server.
5. The infrastructure
To assure that our smart farming application functions well (also to make sure it can handle the data load). There is a need for a solid internal infrastructure.
Moreover, your internal systems have to be secure. Failing to properly protect your system will only increase the likeliness of someone breaking into it. Like stealing the data or even taking control of our autonomous tractors.
Grow the agriculture business with smart IoT solutions from Eastern Peak
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2050, it is expected that the global population will exceed 9 billion people. To provide enough food for the given population, a percentage of 50% will increase in the agriculture production volumes.
Additionally, limited agricultural operations (most of the lands suitable for farming are already in use). The latter is the only way to increase volume is to improve production efficiency.
How to get started?
Product discovery phase is the best first step taken to lay a solid foundation for the development of the app. It includes a functional specification, UX/UI design, and a visual prototype. The latter will give the one a clear vision of the end product. On average, this phase takes approximately 4-6 weeks.
The product discovery phase can help us:
- Understand our team
- Setting a realistic budget for our MVP and planning our resources
- To test the waters with our audience by utilizing a visual prototype
- To craft a convincing investment pitch
- Defining a full scope of work and develop a roadmap for the project
To conclude, Eastern Peak have already helped many startups and Fortune 500 companies. To digitize and streamline their operations with the support of technologies. They provide end-to-end services building IoT solutions across a number of business domains. That is from hardware design to software development, testing, as well as integration.