New digital solutions, including autonomous and electrified machine systems, connected fields, advanced systems for data analysis and decision support systems, have the potential to contribute to enhanced profitability and sustainability in the agricultural sector. These are solutions that will be applied in the testbed for Digitalised Agriculture.
In the testbed the competence, the ability, the network and the data needed to develop new technology for agriculture is gathered. Here, researchers and companies can develop and test tools for tomorrow’s farmers, that will enable them to make better and faster environmentally adapted and profitable decisions, with the support of the technologies that digitalisation and electrification provides.
“The purpose of the testbed is to create an innovation arena for collaboration, test and development of new agricultural technology. In the testbed we will lay the base for developing decision support systems for agriculture and testing how new machine systems based on autonomous control and electric propulsion can be used in agriculture.” says Jonas Engström, project leader for the testbed.
The focus for the work in the testbed is on digitalisation, electric machinery and autonomous machinery for agriculture. The testbed is coordinated by the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and involves players from various disciplines. For instance, researchers from RISE and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), industrial companies such as Ericsson and Telia and actors from the agricultural business like Swedish Board of Agriculture, Federation of Swedish Farmers, Lantmännen, Yara and Bayer. In addition, a reference group with farmers is linked to the testbed to assist with testing of new products and solutions.
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