On October 6, 2020, the Hilton Garden Hotel in Moscow hosted the 2nd IT Forum of Agroindustrial Complex of the Russian Federation named Smart Agro. The event was attended by the country’s leading agricultural enterprises, as well as domestic and international companies with a focus on modern digital technologies
Igor Gul, the Head of the IT Department of the agricultural holding, represented ECO-Culture with a report on “The Agro IoT Ecosystem and the Role of Telecom Operators in it”.
Other speeches, readings, and video presentations were made by employees of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture from different regions, as well as heads of agricultural production complexes and developers of innovative digital products for the agricultural industry.
Among the leading participants of the forum were: “Kaspersky Lab” (information technology in the field of security), TLS ” Technology Logistic Systems”, Cognitive Pilot (the world leader in the development of artificial intelligence systems).
The event was organized by ComNews Conferences. The company’s main activity is conducting forums, conferences, and seminars on information technologies and telecommunications. Over 20 business events, all unprecedented in Russia and in the world, are held under this brand name every year.
The forum partners were Rostelecom (Russia’s leading digital service provider), Rostselmash (the largest agricultural equipment manufacturer), Gazprom Space Systems, and other companies.
Igor Gul’s presentation was delivered as part of Session No.1, “Digital Solutions to Ensure Technological Breakthrough in the Agroindustrial Complex. Digital Farming”. The report began with a brief overview of the production indicators, current achievements, and development dynamics of ECO-Culture holding.
Further in his speech, the Head of the IT department outlined the company’s strategic logistical goals:
When applied to the holding workflow, the combination of control and automation systems, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), implies the introduction of the latest technology in all areas of the enterprise’s activity.
This includes aerial photography and facility condition analysis, vegetable storehouse monitoring, greenhouse and microclimate management, video surveillance and analytics, finished product distribution chain tracking, and transport inspection.
Currently, the enterprise is implementing a pilot IoT project based on LPWAN, an energy-efficient long-range network. This basically stands for long-distance wireless data transmission technology. The advantages of the system include high autonomy of the devices (no power grid required), increased signal penetration, and low cost of transmitting equipment. In practice, this means huge cost savings that can be achieved without changing the infrastructure itself.
Igor Gul also noted that in addition to agriculture, IoT technologies can be used in other industries, as well as in the household sphere e.g. “smart home” systems, payment automation, and data collection from metering devices.
During the video presentation, the Head of the IT Department gave a detailed talk about the practical importance of IoT. To conclude the report, he answered the questions of the conference’s host.
The overall outcome of the forum was that it showed the importance of establishing a dialogue between business representatives and government authorities. Besides, it provided an effective platform to exchange experiences on IT issues related to the agricultural sector.