Farm #LikeABosch: How It Uses IoT for Eco-Friendly Farming
Mon, April 19, 2021

Farm #LikeABosch: How It Uses IoT for Eco-Friendly Farming

Bosch seeks to deliver innovations to foster a more connected life / Photo Credit: Alexander Tolstykh (via Shutterstock)


Bosch is now providing new solutions and offerings that enable farmers to find the right balance between economic and ecological considerations, according to news and press release distributor WebWire. Until now, herbicides are used for high-yield crop cultivation to ensure crops have sufficient light, nutrients, and space to grow. However, herbicides pollute the soil and ecosystem, so farmers tend to use as little as herbicides as possible.

In partnership with BASF xarvio, Bosch is developing a smart spraying solution that offers a system that recognizes the difference between weeds and crop plants. Cameras installed all over the crop sprayer will take pictures to identify weeds and allow “herbicide to be sprayed in the right amount and concentration.” This helps minimize the impact of herbicides on the soil and the ecosystem. 

Since the weather is one of the risk factors in agriculture, the Bosch Software Innovations sensor system and Deepfield Connect app sends alerts to farmers about changes in weather, optimizing their crop growth. Weather data can be sent from the fields to the farmers’ smartphone via the Bosch IoT Suite. The Deepfield Connect app also shows information on crop growth, allowing farmers to find out how their crops are growing. They can also receive recommendations “for the respective development stage.” Bosch’s IoT system and the app can help farmers save time and costs, as well as resources like water. 

Moreover, the company’s vehicle management solution connects vehicles and cloud-based services. One particular feature of this platform is a new IoT application known as web-based validation. This process will speed up development times for injection and exhaust-gas treatment systems, thereby enhancing their robustness in production vehicles. Then, a steady stream of data from the vehicles is transmitted and evaluated via a cloud-based system. Along with customers, Bosch can leverage this data to accelerate and enhance the “calibration of new systems.” It can also be used for troubleshooting. 

For instance, algorithms enable countermeasures to be developed and launched at an early stage if the diagnostics or error information collected by Bosch or the vehicle manufacturer shows potential quality issues. The company’s initiative is in line with its objective of delivering innovations to facilitate a more connected life.