The ConectarAGRO initiative, made possible by TIM, AGCO, Climate FieldView, CNH Industrial, Jacto, Nokia, Solinftec and Trimble, reached the 5.1Mi/ha mark, connected with 4G technology in 2019, exceeding the goal initially planned by 100 thousand hectares, and representing 10% of the cultivated area in the country, according to data from Embrapa.
Formed in April last year, the initiative's main objective is to expand the availability of the 4G network in the country, contributing to facilitating the productive mode of farms in several regions of Brazil.
"Connecting the field is essential for the Brazilian agribusiness to continue to be a world reference and one of the main pillars of Brazil's economy. Currently, properties in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast regions rely on TIM's 4G technology, and with agricultural machines and implements, this evolution brings more precision and agility to the day-to-day life of the farms and contributes to the evolution of the business of producers," said Alexandre Dal Forno, Head of IoT and Corporate products of TIM Brasil.
With this open, simple and accessible connectivity solution promoted by ConectarAGRO, the producer can make full use of the resources available for precision farming, with digital and automation tools to optimize agricultural production. In addition, he now has access to products and services enabled with the availability of connectivity, such as communication between people and machines within the properties. The investment evaluated by the group for the implementation of the network on the farms is some half a bag of soybeans per hectare.
Each of the eight participating companies contributes its expertise to make the agribusiness an ideal ecosystem that provides favorable conditions for rural producers, so that they can develop from planting in order to harvest an economically sustainable production, facilitated with more information at their disposal.
"ConectarAGRO aims to expand the frontiers of agricultural connectivity throughout the country, contributing to increased productivity, reducing production costs and improving the sector's competitiveness. This achieved connectivity mark is important, as it not only confirms the viability of the initiative but also establishes a benchmark for significant expansion in the coming years. More importantly, it provides full connectivity in the impacted rural regions that can now gain from the benefits and use the full potential of the technologies embedded in agricultural machines, such as telemetry and automation and digitalization systems. With the field becoming more and more connected, Brazilian agriculture can only gain," said Gregory Riordan, Director of Digital Technologies at CNH Industrial for South America.