Artificial intelligence and connected objects are revolutionizing data entry

If the farmer does not count his hours, there is an activity on which he would like to earn some: it is the management of administrative tasks! Less paperwork, more analysis, that’s the promise of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things applied to agriculture.

On average, a farmer devotes 9 hours a week to the administrative management of his business. “It’s the accounting entries and crop monitoring that take the most time,” says Jean-Marie Savalle, manager of the Isagri company. Especially since the regulations tend to increase the requirements for recording data, and therefore for computer entry.

Administrative data entry, a laborious and repetitive task

“Data entry is perceived as a laborious and repetitive task, which takes up time at the expense of economic analysis time”, observes Jean-Marie Savalle. Urbain Van Den Avenne, agricultural work contractor in the Aisne confirms: “there is nothing motivating to register the invoices, however, we spend a lot of time there. I would like this to be automated in order to devote this time to the development of budgets, provisional EBITDA, to the analysis of production costs. »

More reliable communication with agricultural partners

In response, new technologies provide reliability and instantaneous information sharing, promoting collaborative work and decision-making. The rise of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things thus responds to the challenges of the entire agricultural sector, from the farmer to the accountant, via the cooperative technician, by providing, as described by Jean- Marie Savalle, “a time saving, with the alleviation of input constraints, the security and reliability of data, including regulatory ones, and the optimization of decision-making aid tools, to better manage performance. »

Artificial intelligence (AI) to better value human action

Good news, in the field of accounting, AI is already a reality and “a major springboard in anticipation of the soon-to-be-compulsory electronic invoicing,” says Sarah Rezzougui, project manager at BS Digital. “With IAtized tools, users will benefit from an accounting proposal, they will be able to go faster and the tools will learn from users, to achieve the goal of zero entry”. In a context of lack of manpower, in the agricultural sector, but also in accounting, AI is “a godsend for eliminating these repetitive tasks, making data entry more reliable, automating recordings”, confirms Jean-Marie Savalle.

IoT, automatic data entry from the field

The IoT, for Internet of Things, designates, in everyday language, connected objects. These are sensors that aim to collect data autonomously and transmit it via the Internet. Installed on the tractor, the seeder, the sprayer, “these sensors, equipped with an accelerometer, detect the movements of the machine, explains Cécilia Goret, marketing manager at Isagri. “As soon as the farmer leaves to work in his fields, the sensor automatically recognizes and records the characteristics of the site: date, equipment used, duration of the intervention, plots, surfaces, weather conditions…”, explains the manager.

Saving time on entry, up-to-date traceability, analysis of its activities, so many advantages to this automation, already desired by certain professionals, such as Marc-Antoine Dumoulin, agricultural work contractor in the Aisne: “I would like ‘from an operation, all recording is done automatically, everything is linked. »

The emergence of IoT in agriculture increases the sources of information and, mechanically, the development of applications using AI to exploit the data. The synergy between these technologies opens up a wide range of possibilities with the aim of performance, optimization of inputs, but also user comfort and safety, for both plant and animal production.

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Artificial intelligence and connected objects are revolutionizing data entry

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