Special Issue "IoT for Smart Food and Farming"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020) | Viewed by 15054
Interests: supply chain management; smart farming; data-driven agri-food systems; enterprise information systems
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It is widely argued that agriculture requires a radical increase in productivity to feed the ever-growing world population and to deal with challenges such as climate change, resource efficiency, animal welfare, waste reduction, food safety, and healthier consumer lifestyles. The internet of things (IoT)—where every ‘thing’ can be uniquely identified, equipped with sensors and actuators, and accessed remotely via the internet—is a very promising paradigm to meet these challenges, potentially enabling:
- Better sensing of farming and food processing operations, including usage of inputs, crop growth, animal behavior, food spoilage, and resource utilization;
- Improving quality management and traceability by remotely monitoring the location and conditions of shipments and agricultural products;
- Better understanding of specific production circumstances, such as climate conditions, animal welfare, microbiological quality, pest pressure, and better knowledge about optimal interventions;
- More advanced and remote control of operations, enabled by actuators and robotics, e.g., precise application of pesticides and fertilizers, autonomous harvesting, or adjusting ambient conditions of food during transportation;
- Increasing consumer awareness of sustainability and health issues through personalized nutrition advice, health wearables, and home automation.
In recent decades, IoT has received a lot of attention in the agricultural domain, and great advancements have been realized in both the academic and industrial worlds. Yet, we believe that IoT is some way from realizing its full potential in agriculture. Applications are still struggling with both technical and organizational issues like interoperability, reliability of IoT devices in harsh environments, stable wireless communication in fields, stables, greenhouses, etc., energy-efficient and circular IoT hardware, affordability for small farmers, trustworthy governance models, data ownership, collaborative business models for exploiting IoT data, and so on and so forth.
The Special Issue will capture the latest innovations from fundamental scientific concepts to commercially robust IoT-inspired solutions relevant to the development, implementation, and adoption of IoT-based smart farming systems. The Guest Editors are inviting submissions on topics ranging from new sensors through to cloud-based computing, data-driven applications/services, and new business models. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- Intelligent sensing technologies;
- IoT platform integration;
- IoT interoperability;
- Cloud, edge, and fog computing for smart agriculture;
- Wireless sensor networks;
- Security, privacy, and trust;
- Systems of IoT systems;
- Software ecosystems;
- Integration IoT and ERP;
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning;
- IoT-based decision support;
- IoT reference architectures for agriculture and food;
- Data governance and ethics;
- Business models;
- IoT adoption;
- Innovative case studies;
Literature reviews on the state of the art and challenges.
Dr. Cor Verdouw
Prof. Dr. Bedir Tekinerdogan
Dr. Sjaak Wolfert
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- smart farming
- food supply chains
- internet-of-things technologies
- data-driven applications/services
- distributed intelligent sensor networks and applications
- low-power wireless connectivity
- wireless sensor networks
- software architecture
- business models
- machine learning
- artificial intelligence