Sensors and Actuators for Smart Farming

The current nutrition systems are both drivers and victims of ecological changes endangering the agricultural productivity. Long-term retainment of natural resources requires more sustainability in agricultural production including animal farming; economical efficiency, social fairness and ecological viability. A promising and pragmatic approach for combining economic and ecologic goals in food production is the deployment of modern information and communication technologies in agricultural production - also known as smart farming. This is where the Fraunhofer EMFT competences in sensor and actuator technologies enter the scene.

Sensors and Actuators for Smart Farming
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Sensors and Actuators for Smart Farming
Sensors based on organic semiconductors enable monitoring of plant vitality and serve as indicators of parasitic infestation
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Sensors based on organic semiconductors enable monitoring of plant vitality and serve as indicators of parasitic infestation

The Fraunhofer EMFT competences provide the basis for our long-term activities for securing the food production and foodstuff quality along the whole value chain. Sensors and actuators offer numerous application possibilities in Smart Farming, for increased productivity whilst at the same time considering the environmental protection.

Our F&E activities in projects in this area include e.g.:

  • development of biosensors for detection of diseases caused by plant viruses   
  • deployment of micropumps for ammonium sensor systems in animal farming 
  • monitoring food quality by integrating gas sensors in food packaging and
  • measurement of nitrate concentration in soil using electrochemical sensors

Fraunhofer Center for Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming

Fraunhofer EMFT is a part of the Fraunhofer Center for »Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming«. Within this framework, Fraunhofer institutes cooperate for research and development of innovative Technologies for sustainable production and processing of agricultural products along the whole value chain. The ultimate goal of these activities is to generate added value for agriculture through technological innovation, aligned with the specific regional needs.

Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming
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Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming

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