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SAP Digital Farming

The global population is expected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050. To keep pace with this population growth, food production needs to increase by at least 70 percent. A market that is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by 2018, the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the agriculture industry by collecting data generated from GPS and sensors on the field and farming equipment – Using big data analytics, farmers have been able to improve crop yields and water utilization.


SAP is now making this a reality by introducing the new digital farm app which demonstrates how field sensors transfer data directly to the farmer – with important information on water needs, moisture level, fertilizer supplies and the right time of harvest in real-time. The digital farming app is built on SAP’s platform as a service offering HANA cloud platform (HCP) which enables customers and developers to build, extend, and run applications on SAP HANA in the cloud.

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HCP leverages on HANA’s GeoFence technology which provides functions to analyze and process geospatial information. As illustrated, each field has a GeoFence on the map which collects sensor data from tractors and presents this information in an intuitive front end. By combining the Spatial engine with other HANA engines like Predictive we can apply complex algorithms to the combined data set and derive deep insights allowing the farmer to make key decisions.

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What happens next? The farmer uses a smartphone or tablet device to view all this data and has the choice to either perform the tasks himself or delegate to a subcontractor who he can locate via the Fieldglass business network. Fieldglass proposes the best subcontractor in terms of expertise and specific machinery needed to undertake the task in hand. Once the subcontractor’s tractor enters the fields GeoFence, the farmer gets notified that work has begun via his mobile device

This provides the farmer with important information, such as:

  • When was the task started and finished?
  • How much fertilizer was used on which part of my field?
  • What was the fuel consumption for every meter of ploughing?

Having this data available in real time provides intelligent insights such as profitability of each field on the fly and ensures better planning in the future.

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Hope this gives you a little taster as to how SAP are making IoT real. You’ll be able to see the full digital farm demo at our upcoming innovation forum in February. You can see the agenda here:  http://spr.ly/UKInnovationForum

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