Animal welfare, environmental protection, sustainability, rising costs and a shortage of employees – the demands in agriculture are high. Fertilizers and pesticides are to be reduced by up to 90% or avoided completely, farm animals are to be better monitored, and fruits and vegetables are to be grown sustainably. At the same time, the risk of crop losses due to extreme weather events, water shortages and pest infestations is increasing.
Projects by the Fraunhofer IFF, the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture demonstrate solutions for agricultural businesses.
The prerequisites are the powerful mobile communications standard 5G, sensor technology and robotics.