AgroTech: augmented Farms
Farms are increasing in size, animals, machinery, buildings, land and staff members. Moreover, the amount of data and information is steadily increasing and the farmer quickly loses track of things. Consequently, he tends to spend more and more time in his office behind the computer screen, even though he is needed in the livestock house. The alternative is an increasing number of hand-held units – one for each system. The farmer must have access to relevant information, regardless of where he is. And last but not least: He must have his hands free.
AgroTech has a vision of providing Danish farmers with relevant contextual information, regardless of where they are. This calls for active augmented-reality (AR) “glasses”. However, it also requires synthesising of all existing system data – databases of animals, agricultural areas, weather and climate data, production and financial data, etc.
The purpose of this project is to develop and test the possibilities of augmented reality technologies and concepts to make farming easier. At the same time, these types of aids emphasise the need for synthesising of all existing system data and for flexible exchange of data and information between the different farm systems. AgroTech cannot realise this vision alone. This requires active participation of leading suppliers of technology to the agriculture and food industries. Hopefully, this participation will stimulate other forms of co-operation – for the benefit of producers and consumers.