Smart Agriculture Technology Improves Global Agriculture Productivity

Smart agriculture, or Farming 4.0, leverages technology and data analysis to track critical parameters related to crop health. This new approach to farming has the potential to deliver long-term cost savings, higher yields, minimal environmental impact, and increased productivity. However, achieving these smart-farming technology goals requires the right interconnects.

What is Smart Agriculture?

Smart farming is defined as using advanced technology — Internet of Things (IoT), the cloud, artificial intelligence, and big data — to empower farmers to monitor, track, analyse, and automate their operations more effectively. In the face of challenges such as population growth, climate change, and soil degradation, more farmers are turning to smart farming as an innovative way to boost global agricultural productivity. With the current global population at 8.1 billion and a projected surge to 9.7 billion by 2050, the demand for global agriculture production is projected to increase by 69%. This growth underscores the urgency for effective farming techniques to support the expanding population.

Smart agriculture combines sensor technology and data analysis to track soil quality, weather conditions, and crop health. Farmers can make data-driven decisions for planting, fertilisation, irrigation, and harvesting using data analysis. As a result, farmers can increase agricultural precision, gaining control of individual field metrics such as seed count, fertiliser usage, pesticide quantity, and water consumption.

For indoor agriculture, smart sensors can enable automated climate control by monitoring and adjusting temperature, humidity, and lighting, among other environmental factors. In livestock operations, smart sensors can monitor animal health, noting activity levels and nutritional status.

In addition, smart agriculture allows farmers to adjust growing conditions remotely from any location using tablets or phones. This feature simplifies delivering optimal conditions for each step of a plant’s growth cycle, increasing accessibility. Smart agriculture technology is continuously evolving, having already significantly impacted diverse areas of farming.

Three Solutions for Smart Agriculture

To better understand the potential of smart agriculture and the specific needs related to interconnect solutions, let’s explore three product solutions that work exceptionally well for smart farming applications.

Amphenol Sine Systems: Ecomate Series

The Ecomate Series is a family of circular, multiway connectors that are highly versatile and offer excellent performance.

  • Ecomate RM Series: Ideal for high-current applications where exposure to humidity, moisture, water, and chemicals is expected. Well-suited for harvesting equipment and greenhouses.
  • Ecomate Aquarius Series: For farming applications that will be exposed to sunlight and potentially corrosive chemicals.
  • Ecomate Plastic Series: These connectors work well for shock and impact-loading applications, such as agricultural drones and harvesting equipment.


Eaton Trim Trio

The Trim Trio connector series is engineered to provide outstanding performance in the harsh environments within agriculture.

These highly versatile connectors offer a high mating cycle and an extremely reliable quick-mating ⅓ twist-turn bayonet coupling system. These are suitable for applications where vibration, shock, and other issues may otherwise cause disconnections. The connectors also encompass EMI shielding in the UTO line and are ideal for transmitting critical data or control signals.

Amphenol Industrial SurLok Plus™

The Amphenol SurLok Plus™ field-installable over-molded compression lugs are an excellent option for power management and distribution interconnect solutions. The Surlok Plus™ represents a compact, quick-mating, robust product line with plug-and-play flexibility. They are IP67-rated, touch-proof, and feature Amphenol’s RADSOK® contact technology. Applications range from rugged outdoor farm equipment to indoor greenhouses. Their compact size also makes them suitable for drones.

PEI-Genesis: Your Partner in Farming 4.0

If you need interconnect solutions that can handle the rugged environments of smart farming, PEI-Genesis is your source. Our global team of connector experts can help you navigate the product families available so you can find the right solution for your design. We can also customise a solution to fit your specific application needs.