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Agricultural Machine-to-Machine (M2M): A Platform for Expansion

Date Published: 
March 1, 2015

Agriculture Machine-to-Machine (M2M) is a term used to describe how vehicles, irrigation systems, and weather stations are connected with each other via mobile telecommunications services and core software, allowing for analysis and for delivery of instructions. This is part of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) trend where devices can be accessed and controlled over a network (such as the Internet), allowing homeowners to control their homes remotely, for example.

As this report shows, agricultural M2M is not limited to the developed world. Nano Ganesh is a product which uses M2M to control irrigation systems in India, allowing farmers to control irrigation pumps remotely. It also provides alerts in case of equipment theft or breakdown.  

The report cites other examples that could be adapted to developing countries in the not-too-distant future, such as using M2M to remotely monitor crop health and growth, temperature and other factors.