Dr. Janise McNair Gives Talk at IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things

Dr. Janise McNair, associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, gave an invited talk entitled, “IoT in Agriculture: Creating Access and Opportunity” at the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things in the Vertical: Agriculture Track, in Yokohama, Japan.
The 2022 IEEE 8th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2022) brings the latest from the research and academic community. It includes a broad program of papers and presentations on the latest technology developments and innovations in the many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications. Hundreds of participants will gather to present research results, share visions and ideas, obtain updates on latest technologies and expand professional networking.


Talk Abstract: “IoT in Agriculture: Creating Access and Opportunity”

The safe cultivation, transportation and delivery of food is a growing concern for modern society. Climate uncertainty, volatility of markets, and the need to meet the food production requirements of a rising global population is increasing the need for comprehensive data collection, increased access to data as well as a more complex fusion and analysis of data. In the agricultural sector, the world is turning to IoT, combined with data analytics, to address the growing concerns of the food supply’s quantity and quality. An IoT evolution is happening within the agricultural sector, including wireless sensor networks, radio frequency (RF) identification, cloud computing, middleware systems, and end-user applications. Despite these recent technological breakthroughs, adoption of new technologies has lagged due to fragmented solutions, interoperability issues, lack of trust in data exchange, and barriers from lack of multi-disciplinary approaches. The current process of collecting, storing, analyzing, and distributing data and information to support decision making in agricultural operations remains fragmented or inaccessible to too many stakeholders. In addition, the efficient use of IoT depends on the Internet infrastructure, and this presents several shortcomings, especially when dealing with rural and remote locations, large numbers of network devices and/or integrating devices with other, legacy systems. In this talk, Dr. McNair discusses the current state of IoT Agriculture research as well as the access and integration needs for various stakeholders, and what technological next steps are needed to form a bridge between the two communities.