Compelling digital vision unveiled by Atos for UK farming and rural affairs

London, 26th September 2018

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, has unveiled its Digital Vision for Farming thought leadership paper, which through contributions from subject matter experts outlines key challenges and the role of digital solutions to meet the Government’s policy goals in supporting the UK’s food, farming and environment industries.

This new paper, the ninth in the Digital Vision programme, explores how innovation must be leveraged, from adopting data analysis to improve crop yields and monitor wildlife to using automation to optimise farm machinery – with featured technologies ranging from blockchain to High Performance Computing.

Adrian Gregory, CEO, Atos UK&I, said: “For the farming and food industry, the digital revolution is well underway at a time of wider significant change. Just as they always have, farmers will adapt and innovate to meet complex financial, environmental and societal demands. This paper looks at the important contribution that digital transformation is making by empowering and enabling farmers, and the wider agricultural sector, to face the challenges and opportunities arising from Britain’s evolving landscape.”

The Digital Vision for Farming opinion paper also examines how digital technology can be implemented to benefit crop husbandry and animal health, improve the efficiency and transparency of supply chains and minimise disruption from inspections, leading to improved competitiveness and better outcomes for farmers, consumers and the environment.

George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, said: “Advances in technology will help us to achieve the ambitions set out in our Agriculture Bill to farm more productively in a way that protects and enhances the environment.”

“Data-sharing powers in the Bill will improve transparency in the supply chain, helping food producers strengthen their negotiating position at the farm gate and get a better deal in the marketplace.

“Meanwhile, we are developing the Livestock Information Programme to modernise livestock traceability and looking to technology to simplify farm inspections.”

This paper comes after Atos was awarded a five-year contract for its proposed solution to transform the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) existing IT estate to world-class, energy-efficient Cloud hosting services, on Atos’ Digital Private Cloud (DPC).

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of around € 12 billion. European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, the Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

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