New technology will soon allow you to   have up-to-the-second information at your finger tips. The system will collect, analyze and disseminate real-time data through an Internet-based data collection, networking and storage system. It was developed by the National Agricultural Research Center in Japan, with input from researchers at several U.S. and international universities. It is expected to be commercially available later this year.

The system features a variety of components, including a field monitor with sensors to gather environmental data like air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and solar radiation, as well as a wireless LAN card for Internet access. The system also contains a base system that collects data from the field monitoring unit and places the information on the Internet. This information can then be accessed from anywhere in the world — meaning you can monitor conditions at your farm from a remote location.

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