SK Telecom (SKT) said in a statement Wednesday that the company and Daedong have jointly developed an automatic rice-panting tractor using real-time kinematic technology (RKT), a precise satellite navigation technology that uses internet of things (IoT) and GPS.
The autonomous rice transplanter will help farmers reduce costs by carrying out multi-roles like planting rice seedlings and scattering fertilizer. Farmers can do other things and even unskilled farmers can professionally operate the self-driving transplanter thanks to pre-settings.
"Anyone can easily handle agricultural machines if they are combined with ICT and improve productivity," SKT's ICT research center head Park Jin-hyo was quoted as saying. Dadong CEO Ha Chang-wook said the new machine would be widely distributed soon as it received good feedback from farmers
In South Korea, many farmers use rice transplanters, a type of small tractors, but some do it manually mainly because rice-planting tractors are expensive. Sometimes farmers share a transplanter or hire a skilled tractor driver during the rice planting season.
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