Association of German Engineers, what they think about Agriculture and Digitalization

Association of German Engineers (VDI), what they think about Agriculture and Digitalization
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Digitalization to the agriculture to 2nd international VDI-conference “Smart Farming”

Assistance systems, networking and semi-autonomous driving: Innovative technology is also deployed on fields and yards away from German motorways. How digital development is revolutionizing modern agriculture is the theme of the 2nd International VDI Symposium “Smart Farming” on 10 and 11 April in Düsseldorf.

From GPS-based and sensor-driven work machines, drone applications to robotics, agriculture is becoming a digital industry. As a survey of the digital association Bitkom shows, already every second farmer operates smart farming. This means the use of digital information and communication technologies. Through intelligent networking, these help to make agriculture more efficient and ecological. The opportunities offered by progress and the hurdles that still exist are discussed by the experts of the VDI conference “Smart Farming”.

UWMadisonCALS; At the 2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, corn fields contain moisture precision sensors to assure the crops are receiving the right amount of water and nutrients. Credit: Sevie Kenyon/UW-Madison CALSFlickr


In modern agricultural machinery, steering and driver assistance systems take over the steering wheel, new camera, lidar (laser detection and ranging) and sensor technology as well as GPS capture the environment and calculate the optimum lane. In addition, the sensors record data on soil conditions, sowing or the state of harvest and transmit the measured values directly to a computer. The latter in turn uses the data to precisely calculate the corresponding fertilizer requirements. In addition, agricultural robots recognize pests and specifically fight weeds. This enables optimal growth conditions, while at the same time improving environmental compatibility.


In the long run, the new technologies will enable resource efficient agriculture, with rising yields and decreasing costs, while being environmentally friendly. However, this progress requires expensive investments. In addition, the question of data security is in the room. How to deal with big data and which framework conditions have to be created in order to increase public acceptance for modern agriculture is the topic of international experts at the VDI conference “Smart Farming”.

The top topics are:

  1. Farming 4.0: Digital Solutions
  2. M2M communication in the agricultural application
  3. Big Data and Analytics in Agricultural Science
  4. Next step of smart farming: Autonomous work machines
  5. The role of the farmer in automated agriculture
  6. Development of standardized tests for agricultural technologies

In addition, event participants will benefit from the parallel conferences “Connected Off-Highway Machines” and “Autonomous Trucks”, which they can also attend at no extra cost. The events address the impact of digital transformation on mobile machinery, construction, agriculture, forestry, mining, trucking and logistics. All events are in English.

Visitors to the 76th International VDI Conference “LAND.TECHNIK” on 20 – 21 November 2018 located in Leinfelden-Echterdingen near Stuttgart will be able to find out more about innovations in agricultural technology and current results from product development and research in agricultural engineering.

Your contact person in the VDI Knowledge Forum:
Dr. Maria Georgiou-Smith / Product Manager International Business Development
Telephone : +49 211 6214-467
Fax : +49 211 62 14-97-467

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