Management Center Innsbruck (AUSTRIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN20 Proceedings
Publication year: 2020
Pages: 3347-3355
ISBN: 978-84-09-17979-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2020.0956
Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference
The digital revolution is changing fundamental processes in all industries. Agriculture, in particular, is experiencing significant transformation as well. Machines are connected and robots carry out work autonomously and make decisions independently. Software is ensuring that collected data is visualized in a comprehendible form and work processes are documented. Smart Farming is already being used successfully in large-scale farms. However, integration in small-scale areas constitutes a greater challenge. In addition to questionable profitability, the focus is on financial, political and knowledge-related factors. In addition, there is the mistrust of the people and a fear of change, which are especially common in the more conservative agriculture.

In this thesis, challenges and potential rewards to be reaped from the use of Smart Farming in small agriculture are analyzed. In addition to the definition of basic concepts, interviews with different actors in agriculture were conducted. Smart Farming is still very controversial in small-scale areas. There is no question, however, that digital technologies will also be introduced here. In contrast to the farming intensive regions, however, they have to be adapted individually and made available in a modular, affordable form. There is a need for public platforms whose data can be used free of charge. Technologies must have a standard that is compatible with all machines and technologies. The rapid development of the entire information and communication technology gives reason to believe that smart systems will also become established in Austria soon. The potential lies in increasing efficiency, facilitating physical work, increasing food production, and environmental protection.
Education and Training, Smart Farming, Precision Farming, Alpine Regions, Data Management, Acceptance of Smart Farming.