One sector that doesn’t get a lot of attention when it comes to Big Data is agriculture. Yet the AgriTech sector and agroculture as a whole are finding innovative and powerful ways to leverage Big Data. From soil indications through to crop management and food quality. The entire chain from seed to table is looking to Big Data.

In 2017 at the 5th annual Big Data Congress, we’ll be exploring how industry, government and academia are looking to Big Data. The business cases are growing rapidly and as more organizations see opportunities, they are seizing them. The data for these projects is coming from innovative uses for sensors; from deep in the soil to floating in the sky in drones and satellites.

Take, for example, Surrey Satellites who are developing small satellites with HD cameras to monitor soil and growing conditions. There are others developing similar satellite tools and Big Data’s role is expected to be worth US$50-100 Billion over the next decade according to SpaceNews.

Drones are not just adding cameras, but sensors as well. And video imagery can be converted into valuable data. In Nova Scotia, there’s SkySquirrel who uses drones to monitor vineyards.

The uses of Big Data are uhm, growing fast! At the 2017 Big Data Congress we’re bringing business leaders together to explore, discuss and generate ideas on how to make the most of Big Data. Keep an eye on our website for updated information here.


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