As in other industries, information and electrical technologies provide agriculture with increased efficiency, reliability, and safety. Information and electrical technologies are used throughout modern agriculture, from radio-frequency identification collars on livestock, to electronic yield monitors and obstacle sensors on harvesters. The future of this field is very promising, and includes combining computers and sensors with mechanical systems for automated harvesting and sorting of produce, and using satellite-based guidance systems and robotic actuators to create tractors and combines that steer themselves across the field.
Picture: Wireless pump controller especially designed for cranberry production in Québec.
Source: Sébastien Descôteaux, ag eng. Mecatronic DL