How IoT and Smart Farming Technology is Revolutionizing Agriculture
In this episode, we sit down with John Deere’s Lane Arthur to talk about IoT’s effects on the agricultural industry. We talk about how farmers are using IoT to improve efficiency in their fields and improve crop quality as well as some of the technologies that power devices on smart farms.Lane Arthur serves as Vice President of Data, Applications, and Analytics of John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group. In his role, he oversees the design, delivery, and support of information-enabled solutions that allow farmers, agricultural solutions providers, and construction owners to leverage data and develop insights to make operations more profitable. Before Deere, he held many broad digital leadership roles involving the deployment of global systems that applied analytical methods and modeling with large data sets to solve businessInterested in connecting with Lane? Reach out to him on Linkedin!About John Deere: John Deere has a longstanding history of pioneering innovation that enables farmers to optimize their operations and create precision, intelligence and predictability in an otherwise highly unpredictable space. The John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) is the primary technology arm of John Deere that employs a mix of software developers, machine learning scientists, systems engineers, data scientists, product testers, marketers and customer support personnel.Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:(01:01) Intro to Lane Arthur(03:08) Intro to John Deer(06:35 ) How is IoT utilized in a farm?(10:33) How do other technologies, like ML and computer vision, contribute to the overall value that this new approach to agriculture?(14:30) How has COVID affected the adoption of this kind of technology in this industry?(17:03) What are your thoughts on the connectivity piece of IoT in this industry? How will 5G affect this?(20:55) When building into these technologies, how do you balance computing on the edge vs. the cloud?(22:27) What are some of the challenges facing these solutions? How do you determine what to build?(25:19) Any news on the horizon for John Deere?