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Why not Smart Livestock Management?

Cows standing in a pastureIn the Feb 18, 2015 Forbes article, “The Future of Agriculture? Smart Farming,” contributing author Federico Guerrini wrote “The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050: Food production must increase by 70% by 2050, and this has to be achieved in spite of the limited availability of arable lands, the increasing need for fresh water (agriculture consumes 70 per cent of the world's fresh water supply), and other less predictable factors, such as the impact of climate change, which, according a recent report by the UN could lead, among other things, to changes to seasonal events in the life cycle of plant and animals.”

Guerrini wrote further, “One way to address these issues and increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production is using sensing technology to make farms more "intelligent" and more connected through the so-called "precision agriculture" also known as ‘smart farming’.”

This is the problem Outsource Technical Concepts is addressing with AgVis, their precision livestock monitoring solution. And they are doing so with ViziApps for the mobile app.

The AgVis software solution is powered by PTC® ThingWorx® ready-built IoT development platform. The ThingWorx cloud system is used to store and process the data gathered with the sensors. AgVis developed a custom API using ThingWorx to manage and track user access. This, coupled with the power of ViziApps®, afforded them the flexibility to customize and optimize the mobile user experience and mobile workflow logic for different users, from farm workers to administrative management.

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ViziApps was selected as the No Code RMAD (Rapid Mobile App Development) platform for developing the mobile workflow apps, enabling the developer to quickly create the app User Experience (UX) prototype, then quickly modify and optimize it to the easy-to-use mobile device user interface integrated with ThingWorx using JavaScript.

Providing the simple UX allows the end users, in this case farmers, to focus on just the information and options they need for the task at hand using their iPhone or Android mobile device. And, based on user authentication, the UX can easily be customized to match the use cases. Individual farmers will have access to their farm’s information. The mobile app UX for the AgVis administrators will have a broader view of the aggregated data across multiple farms.

Want to learn more? Read the full case study.