Fog-to-Cloud computing for farming: low-cost technologies, data exchange, and animal welfare
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European Commission's projectmF2C - Towards an Open, Secure, Decentralized and Coordinated Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem (EC-H2020-730929)
Coordinated fog-to-cloud computing systems are expected to expedite the evolution of cloud-based smart farming, towards openness and data sharing, while making farming economically sustainable for smaller farms. We demonstrate a fog-to-cloud enabled animal farming system that not only deploys low-cost technology for data collection and sharing, but also uniquely considers animal welfare and quality-of-life. On an practical example of a multi-master replication of SQL Server databases between Microsoft Azure Cloud and multiple fog nodes on the farm, we show that fog-based systems can help improve performance, scale to higher amounts of database entries, pre-process data with aid of machine learning, while providing reliability of the system in an easy-to-use fashion. Considerations of animal welfare, cloud-based data analysis, fog-enabled farming along with mobile applications are envisioned as common place for future farmers and consumers alike, and are in line with a recent trends connecting animal welfare, human health and the environment.
CitationJukan, A. [et al.]. Fog-to-Cloud computing for farming: low-cost technologies, data exchange, and animal welfare. "Computer", 1 Octubre 2019, vol. 52, núm. 10, p. 41-51.