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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 22 February 2016

EFITA newsletter / 727 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Montpellier - France at SupAgro Ag University


Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, Bruno TISSEYRE
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), tisseyre(a)

2016 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show
26 - 27 February - MEMPHIS, TN

Experience Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in a whole new way
The app is designed to enhance the experience of the attendee before, during and after the show, by putting the following features and information at their fingertips: full event schedule, personalised agenda, exhibitor listings, floorplan maps, social networking, speaker listings, lots, lots, more...

21-24 June 2016 - Sunchon National University, SUNCHON, Korea

100 years ago, the terrible battle of Verdun began… 300 days and 300000 dead later, France won with the very efficient help of the Brits (just to tell that the Brexit from the EU seems a non-sense to me - GW)

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Adaptable Robot Formation Control By Audrey Guillet, Roland Lenain, Benoit Thuilot, and Philippe Martinet naturel (PhD thesis by Audrey Guillet)

When vehicles connect
Agco’s David Webster guides us on a journey of how telemetry and connected vehicles will usher in the next wave of machinery automation.

Overcoming rural ‘Not-Spots’ in the 5G Era

> New whitepaper from the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre explores challenges of universal coverage, reach and reliability in the 5G revolution

> Identifies challenges affecting rural areas and reviews ways to improve rural coverage through new technologies or more radical ways of applying existing technology

> Implements 5GIC’s vision of 5G and existing technologies working together to deliver ‘always sufficient’ resources to match users’ demands

18 February 2016: A new whitepaper published today by the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) has described the capacity and coverage challenge for wireless networks in the coming decades. Meeting the challenge of “Universal” coverage, reach and reliability in the coming 5G era proposes a number of solutions for delivering ‘always sufficient’ mobile resources to users, whether in urban or rural environments.

5GIC researchers, alongside partners from BT, Telefonica, Real Wireless and EE identified a need for 5G to tackle the challenge of universal mobile coverage that delivers the required speed and capacity for a range of applications, in a range of geographical areas.

“5G will be expected to deliver universal coverage but in order to do this we need to not necessarily build a faster, or denser network, but a smarter network,” explained author Dr Tim Brown, 5GIC. “With the advent of 5G, users will want to hear impressive headline speeds, as this is how previous generations such as 4G have been marketed, but in reality speed is overly focussed on the urban user”.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of 5GIC added, “Our task is to give users the impression of infinite capacity by delivering an always sufficient response to instantaneous demand. This involves building a smart network that can handle basic demands such as 999 calls from the most remote of locations, to the delivery of reliable networks to villages and hamlets in an economically viable manner.”

In order to meet these challenges the whitepaper explores several avenues, from how future base stations will be designed, to how spectrum will be resourced and how smartphone design may be reconsidered for use in outlying areas.

Dr Brown continued, “Our paper explores seemingly simple answers to these difficult challenges, such as building higher masts to overcome obstructions such as trees and improved quality of the radio in mobile devices. Where trees are comparable heights to masts, coverage can be reduced by as much as 70% and this is the source of many of the rural coverage issues we see today. However, we must work with the public and authorities to ensure there is a balance between technology and landscape. This can be met with creative design that delivers what mobile users need, while retaining the personality of our countryside. The mobile device is becoming increasingly complex with more radios and antennas packed into a small space, but there are clear examples of how this compromises coverage.”

The whitepaper sets out the business case for investment in new small cell, ‘metrocell’ and ‘personal base station’ technologies for rural environments. It explores how new ‘Meadowcells’ (small cell developments originally intended for dense urban areas) can be adapted to provide small community coverage for hamlets and villages.

Alongside better use of spectrum resources and design modifications for new smartphones, such as ‘snap-on’ external antenna the paper explores how 5GIC research will address challenges that could benefit some 650 million people across the world who are affected by poor rural coverage.

Professor Tafazolli concluded, “Studies show that just a 9% increase in coverage equates to $1 trillion increase in worldwide GDP. These figures show the business case for combating rural ‘not-spots’ makes sense, and it is now our job to realise these challenges and help to deliver a global 5G standard that will ensure access for all.”
Contact: Amy SUTTON
E-mail: a.sutton(a)


Modelia / Afia

>>> API Agro (10 février 2015)
La conférence "API-AGRO" a rassemblé plus de 150 personnes autour des API et de l'Agriculture Numérique... Revivez la conférence organisée par les partenaires du projet.
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
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>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
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>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

Voir :

Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

Farmers fear for their future as new TTIP round opens

New report finds Millennials prepared for farming
Young people entering agribusinesses share their views on farming in FarmNext study completed by the YI Advisors

Tillage, tractors, and tools
We offer our second roundup of products from the National Farm Machinery Show with a range of ideas you may want to consider for an investment on your farm. To offer variety, this lineup of products includes something for most every operation.


For the past 20 years, I have seen this joke on my screen again and again… going on all over the world in various languages and countries and replacing the players’ names by local names…

An airplane was about to crash; there were 5 passengers on board, but only four parachutes.

The first passenger, Holly Madison said, "I have my own reality show and I am the smartest and prettiest woman at playboy, so Americans don't want me to die. "She took the first pack and jumped out of the plane.

The second passenger, John Mac Cain, SAID, "I'm a senator, and a decorated war hero from an elite navy unit from the United States of America." so he grabbed the second pack and jumped.

The third passenger, Barack Obama said, "I am the president of the United States and I am the smartest ever in the history of our country, some even call me the 'anointed one'. so he grabbed the pack next to him and jumped out.

The fourth passenger, Billy Graham, said to the fifth passenger, a 10-year-old schoolgirl, "I have lived a full life and served my God the best I could. I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute. "The little girl said, "That's okay, Mr. Graham. There's a para- chute left for you.

America's smartest President took my schoolbag.

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