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IoT Data Acquisition and Storage: Precision Farming


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15 Hours




Start Dates

August 31, 2023

Registration Deadlines

March 15, 2024

About this microcredential

There are eight microcredentials within the Precision Farming series and can be taken in any order.

The Precision Farming IoT Data Acquisition and Storage microcredential will explore, in greater detail, the acquisition, retrieval, and storage of data from IoT devices. It will look at various storage methods and what each method can do to provide access for later analysis.

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this microcredential, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify available IoT data.
  2. Discuss storage techniques that exist for data.
  3. Investigate storage techniques for data and the potential benefits and drawbacks of each method.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Precision farming practices using the latest techniques and technologies address various aspects of carbon footprint and clean technologies. For example, using data on field conditions and states of weed growth, latest sprayer technology can target spray weeds without carpet-spraying the entire field. By analyzing growth and temporal soil conditions, such as moisture content, and soil nutrient levels, targeted fertilizing can reduce overall fertilizer use thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is well known that much of the applied fertilizer runs off into waterways, or is broken down by microbes in the soil, releasing the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. By only targeting the field locations that require the fertilizer and applying only what is needed in those areas, the greenhouse threat is reduced. An understanding of how smart equipment can assist with the reduction of greenhouse gases, not only regarding fertilizer application but also pesticide use and seeding practices, is vital.