Smart Farming Conference 2017

Africa Global Education

The future of ‘Smart' farming - leveraging digital technology to farm more efficiently - is inextricably linked to our ability to ‘connect’ farms via the internet. 'Smart' farming depends on exchanging data with, within and between farms. The speed of connection is critical and if we don't have adequate bandwidth in regional Australia we will miss out on the third wave of the internet.  

‘Wave 1’  of the internet was connecting people to data via www (1990s); ‘Wave 2’ was about connecting people to people, via, email, Facebook and Twitter (2000s); and ‘Wave 3’ is connecting people to ‘things’  and 'things to things' without people necessarily getting involved in the transaction.  The technology industry calls this wave "the Internet of Things" or more dryly, "machine to machine" communications. 

The potential applications are endless: exchanging speed and proximity data, cars could automatically avoid or moderate collisions;  a wrist-worn heat monitor could continuously communicate with your doctor's system only alerting you and your doctor if needed; a farm irrigation control system could communicate with a local weather station to automatically save water prior to a rain event.   

Analysts have projected that the Internet of Things (IoT), may contribute $15 trillion to global GDP by 2030 (‘industrial internet’) and $6.5 billion to Australian economy in next 4 years. These projections focus on the automotive industry, intelligent buildings and mining but have not factored in the massive potential gains in farming! 

The recent review of NBN Co’s satellite and fixed-wireless programs estimated the demand for high-speed internet in rural and regional Australia to be three times greater than originally anticipated only six years earlier. 

Advances in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) coupled with in-situ, low-cost sensors of soil moisture, plant biomass and local climate conditions  means our fields and even our livestock are set to become sources of high quality, real-time, biophysical data. Add to this intelligent and autonomous systems both on ground and in the air to meet the needs of surveillance, timely resource management and improving workflow.

Smart farming now, and certainly in the next 5 -10 years will be about our ability to communicate with, within and between farms. Connection and communication is the key.

Reasons to Attend:

  • Meet Agriculture Experts
  • Prepare for the digital Thread in Agriculture
  • Learn about the latest Trends and Developments In Software and IT
  • Network with Peers from different Agricultural Sectors
  • Benefit from practical Solutions for Agricultural UAV- Usage
  • Discuss  the  Ownership of Agricultural Data


  • Internet of Agriculture Things
  • Digitization in Agriculture – Insight into the network World
  • Utilizing intelligent Sensors and Advancements in Robotics for Smart Farming
  • The Value of Farm Data – The Benefits of collecting and processing agronomic Data
  • Practical Applications of UAV in Agriculture
  • Smart Farming Success Stories and Real World Examples for the Agricultural IoT
  • Opportunities for new Business Models

Mini Workshop:

  • Drones In Agriculture.

Looking forward to engaging with you at  the event. Please fill in and sign the registration form and send it back to

Event Start Date: 
Thursday, 16 November, 2017
Event End Date: 
Friday, 17 November, 2017
Event Venue: 
Irene Farm Estate , Centurion
Event Type: 
South Africa

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