Engineering: leader della Digital Transformation

Smart Agriculture

Five questions to...
Alessandro Scandurra

Our Senior manager, Technical Director LPA Central Italy talks about the challenges of the Smart Agriculture sector for 2021: from the introduction of new technologies to guaranteeing greater access to credit for companies.

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COVID-19 HAS OVERWHELMED ALL BUSINESS STRATEGIES AND FORCED MOST ORGANIZATIONS TO ACCELERATE THEIR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION. WHAT WERE THE LESSONS LEARNED OR WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THE SMART AGICULTURE SECTOR IN 2020?

We’ve been as surprised as everyone else at the exponential growth in the demand for and purchasing of agri-food products to meet "basic needs". This change has lead to greater physical investment in digital transformation in the Smart Agriculture sector from many different standpoints. These include investing in automation, stepping up agricultural production and related processes, remote control of production using livestock-monitoring sensors, yield monitoring, and above all, using satellite instruments for field monitoring.

COVID has also greatly transformed farm production processes because of the farm worker shortage. This has meant a greater need to monitor entire farm areas via satellite imagery and then adjust processes accordingly.As you know, we expect the adoption of field mapping systems will increase with the COVID crisis, allowing farms to optimise and improve processes.

We should certainly highlight that many companies had already begun an “intelligent agricultural management” system by introducing new technologies. As a result, they've ensured their operational continuity via automated production processes.
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WHAT ARE THE 3 FUNDAMENTAL STEPS THAT THE SECTOR HAS TO CONFRONT TO REACH A NEW NORMAL THAT JOINS INNOVATION WITH SUSTAINABILITY?

Ensuring greater access to credit for companies, but above all streamlining the procedures that drive European and national-level public-sector funding and contributions.

Raise awareness among companies on stepping up the introduction of new technologies and training their staff to use them.

Providing diversified need-based services and solutions to companies, including via the public sector.

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WHAT ARE THE TRENDS THAT ARE REVOLUTIONISING THE SECTOR AND CHALLENGING HOW WORK IS DONE, DESIGN PROCESSES, SERVICE OFFERS, AND VALUE CREATION?

Precision agriculture works through the use of big data, satellite and aerial images (including deploying drones), and sensor data and these trends are revolutionising the industry. These trends also translate into higher production efficiency. Production data are stored in a time-sensitive way and processed in order to identify trends and make corrections. This is done via data interpretation which responds to predictive analyses and scenario simulations.

From a technological point of view, the industry will certainly have to focus on IoT, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and Blockchain procedures.
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ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY, A GREEN APPROACH, ATTENTION TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIVERSITY: HOW IS FOCUSING ON THESE NEW VALUES TRANSFORMING COMPANY ASSETS IN THE SECTOR?

Through smart farming you get real time information on soil conditions, plants, animals, and climate change. All this information can be shared, tracked, analysed, and processed using new technologies.

Increased productivity is not synonymous with environmental protection and this is where technology can play a key role in finding a balance.

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HOW WILL ENGINEERING SUPPORT AND SUSTAN INDUSTRY PLAYERS IN TRANSFORMING MOMENTARY DIFFICULTIES INTO OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW SCENARIOS AND BUSINESS STRATEGIES?

By serving as a system integrator and sharing technological experience and applying strong, established, domain skills that cover both the public and private sector.

We can also support all of our stakeholders in building new ecosystems because of our capacity for reaching out to all types of clients. This process starts with knowledge of the context, regulations, and administrative and production processes and extends right through to implementing software solutions.
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Alessandro Scandurra

For about 23 years in the IT sector, before joining Engineering, Alessandro held roles in Consulting, Accounting management and Project management for various Clients.

In Engineering for over 5 years, he has held the role of technical area manager for various Regions and is currently in the PA Technical Direction where he assumes responsibility for the Central Italy PAL area on Administrations (DG, Agencies, Universities, Institutional and instrumental bodies) afferent the regions of Lombardia, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Marche and Umbria.

Starting in 2021, he also simultaneously assumes the role of Director of the National Competence Center for Agriculture.

Alessandro is also one of the authors of the new White Paper "Smart Agriculture".

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