BCS news for agriculture 4.0
Constant competition on new industrial systems for agriculture requires, in order to be at the forefront, investments in research and development. The BCS Group meets the 4.0 agriculture challenge with an innovative system developed by its R&D division. It is a set consisting of an electronic control unit “made in BCS” with a Sim card, Gps antenna, and tools for accessing a web portal. The 4.0 system enables the hardware and software components to interface with the technology already installed on BCS, Ferrari, Pasquali medium, and high range tractors. The system offers a fully integrated solution on the vehicles and complies with the requirements for access to the tax benefit provided by the tax credit.
As a matter of fact, since 2020, farms can benefit from a tax credit on investments made for purchasing functional goods that will bring companies into the digital age also in the field of circular economy and environmental sustainability. The latest budget law has established the tax credit as 40% for investments up to 2.5 million euros. But between 2.5 and 10 million, it falls to 20%. The tax credit can be used to offset VAT, direct taxes, social security contributions, or local taxes. For instance, buying a tractor worth 200 thousand euros would mean for the farmer a discount from taxes, VAT, and various taxes as much as 80 thousand euros. Operators can remotely connect to the tractor via PC, smartphone, or tablet with this innovation.
Specifically, they can view the personal data and the machinery’s position through the portal and web maps, monitor the operating parameters (fuel consumption, liquid temperature, engine speed, battery level), track and record the steps in the field, and remotely control some functions. There is also the geofencing functionality similar to precision farming devices. Moreover, telemetry provides useful data to pass from ordinary maintenance of the tractor to preventive maintenance, which in the future will turn into anticipatory maintenance: the same machine will communicate with digital platforms, reporting to the user any anomalies. The Lombard firm - which will attend the next EIMA International - can also support customers by providing telephone training services on the use of the system and dedicated assistance. In-house trained staff will answer any operators’ doubts by phone or e-mail.
by Giovanni M. Losavio