Report on optimized fleet management to reduce energy consumption and costs-Rep.3:“Data and Information Requirements"
Deliverable 6.3 is titled “Preliminary report on optimized fleet management to reduce energy consumption and costs “. Its objectives are:
a) to investigate the potential savings in energy consumption and production cost by optimising single and multiple machine (fleet) machine usage at the farm level
b) to investigate the required data, information flow and information management for optimised farm mechanization management comprising single machines or fleets of conventional, or autonomous machines.
The deliverable consists of three reports.
This report presents a scientific literature review to assess what the research community has shown to be possible for planning and managing the operation of teams of conventional and semi‐autonomous machines. Then, it presents the currently available commercial technology for planning and managing the operation of agricultural machine fleets. It proceeds by identifying the limitations of currently available commercial research‐prototype systems. Finally it offers recommendations for bridging the gaps between what is commercially available, and what constitutes state of the art in research, and develops a roadmap for what needs to be developed further.
This report presents an assessment of the energy and cost savings that could be achieved when farming operations (e.g., fertilising, grain harvesting) are performed by many machines (fleet) operated in an optimal way, as opposed to the standard operation of current agricultural practice. The assessment will be based on available state of the art algorithms which model, optimise and simulate the execution of agricultural operations at the farm level.
This report investigates the required data, information flow and information management for optimised farm mechanization management comprising single machines or fleets of (autonomous) machines. It compares the currently available data flow with the required one, identifies the limitations of current technology and suggests directions for future technological development.