Aggregate Farming in the Cloud: The AFarCloud ECSEL project
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Author/sCastillejo, Pedro; Johansen, Gorm; Cürüklü, Baran; Bilbao-Arechabala, Sonia; Fresco, Roberto; [et al.]
Smart & precision farming
Autonomy and cooperation
Autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles
Farming is facing many economic challenges in terms of productivity and cost-effectiveness. Labor shortage partly due to depopulation of rural areas, especially in Europe, is another challenge. Domain specific problems such as accurate monitoring of soil and crop properties and animal health are key factors for minimizing economical risks, and not risking human health. The ECSEL AFarCloud (Aggregate Farming in the Cloud) project will provide a distributed platform for autonomous farming that will allow the integration and cooperation of agriculture Cyber Physical Systems in real-time in order to increase efficiency, productivity, animal health, food quality and reduce farm labor costs. Moreover, such a platform can be integrated with farm management software to support monitoring and decision-making solutions based on big data and real-time data mining techniques.