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Trimble – How Agriculture 4.0 Works
TECHNOLOGIES FOR A THRIVING AGRICULTURAL FUTURE – Agriculture faces a number of challenges — security of supply, climate protection and scarcity of resources. To overcome these challenges, companies like Trimble are needed to bring the necessary innovations to the market.
30 percent of both global energy consumption and global CO2 emissions are attributable to food production (including food transport) today. Although the loss of biodiversity is a major problem of our time, pesticide use has also increased by 80 percent between 1990and 2017. And as if these numbers were not challenging enough, there will be nearly 10 billion people to feed in 30years’ time. The proposed solutions are many and multifaceted, ranging from avoiding and recycling food waste to plant based substitutes for animal products and the further development of current agricultural practices. More efficient and high-tech farming is summarized under the term “precision agriculture” and aims to radically save resources such as water, energy and consumables.
In 30 years, there will be nearly 10 billion people to feed.
The necessary innovations
A key company in this area is Trimble Inc. Founded in 1978, the Californian company is a leading provider of high precision satellite navigation today. Trimble develops and combines positioning technology, mobile communications and software for the agriculture, transport and construction sectors. Today, 630,000 square kilometres of agricultural land are already farmed with Trimble technology worldwide, which is almost twice the area of Germany. Farmers can use Trimble’s automatic guidance and steering systems, water management programmes and cloud-based data management to achieve efficiency improvements of up to 50 percent and avoid a total of7 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Trimble employs nearly 12,000 people in more than 35 countries.
14. 5 billion market capitalisation
Trimble invests 15% of its revenue in research and development.
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