Use of Sensors and Communication Devices in Agriculture



Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC)
99 George Street
G1 1RD


21/11/2017 -


21/11/2017 -

Precision farming is based on data gathering, processing and analysis to help farmers and food growers improve productivity and reduce waste. The data is gathered by in-field sensors, and telecommunication devices are used to transfer the data to the internet. Data analytics tools are then used to enhance yields and reduce the environmental impact of farming.

The Event

The Satellite Applications Catapult, along with Agrimetrics, CENSIS, and Agri-EPI Centre, are holding a workshop to present the current farming practices which involve data gathering and processing. It will also describe communications technologies used to transfer in-field data to the Internet.

The presentations from the event are now available below – simply click on the title of the title of the session to view the relevant presentation.


10:00 – 10:30 – Arrival and Registration

10:30 – 11:10
Introduction – Keynote Speakers and Setting the Scene
IoT in Precision Agriculture – Professor Ivan Andonović, Electronic and Electrical Engineering,
University of Strathclyde
The challenge of meta data in animal health sensing – Professor Toby Mottram FREng, Milkalyser

11:10 – 11:50 – Commercial Organisations
Wireless farms (WiFarm) connecting agriculture – Clive Blacker, Director, Precision Decisions
Use of wireless IoT networks for precision agriculture – Mark Begbie, Business Development Director, CENSIS
Converting Big Data into actionable insights – Teresa Shutter, KE Manager and Sybrand van Beijma, Earth Observation Data Scientist, Agrimetrics
Precision Agriculture – The Rise of IoT in Agriculture – Karina Maksimiuk, Business Development – LoRa, Stream Technologies Ltd

11:50 – 12:10 Coffee Break

12:10 – 13:00
Sheep tracking and monitoring – Hoofprints, Shiv Kodam, Founder
Autonomous Remote Sensors in Agriculture – Simon Breese, Director, Ground Data Limited
Overcoming The Barriers To Smart Sensing in Agriculture – Antony Yousefian, Director UK, 30 MHZ
Enabling the Connected World – Ayan Jobse-Alkemade, Director of Agritech Sector Development, Inmarsat
Smart Crop Protection and Big Data Research at IBM Research UK – Lan Hoang, Research Scientist, IBM

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break and Demonstrations
1. Soil Essentials
2. Hoofprints
3. Stream
4. 30 MHZ

14:00 – 14:30 – Challenges Workshops
• Arable
• Livestock
• Aquaculture

14:30 – 14:50 Workshops Summaries

14:50 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 15:30 – Funding Bodies
Enabling Research and Innovation in Precision Agriculture – James Phillips, Senior Business Interaction Manager, BBSRC
Innovate UK funding – KTN, David Telford, Knowledge Transfer Manager Agrifood
ESA Business Applications Funding Opportunities – Ian Downey, ESA Business Applications UK Ambassador

15:30 – Close



Project Idea 1: Develop a model business case for the adoption of IoAT in farm
Project Idea 2: Set up an IoAT demonstration farm


Project Idea 3: Develop a model supply chain IoAT system to link primary production to retail
Project Idea 4: Set up an open model remote sensing livestock farm for knowledge exchange


Project Idea 5: Set up a test pilot smart connected marine farm
Project Idea 6: Develop a remote feeding system

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