Winfield and Google Cloud Platform are joining forces to create a data management system designed for ag. We're showing a screen shot of the Fortune magazine article where the story was first shown, and we'll be digging in on the idea in the near future. We felt, however, that this was a hot topic for Tech Five because Winfield has been an innovator in a number of ways with data products (R7 anyone?).
Cloud-based data management is the future and Winfield is creating the Winfield Data Silo that allows farmers to unify and securely store multiple data streams under a single platform. This super-layering approach isn't a new idea, but this is the first iteration with a major farm data company and Google. We featured a look at one person's idea of using Google Earth to do a similar job, but Winfield is taking it to the next level.
According to the company, the Winfield Data Silo can serve as data storage - if that's what you want - or it can be a cloud-based management system pulling information from different systems into a single place. And the company has developed a system so you can set permission levels for sharing your information with others - you know those "trusted partners" you hear so much about.
Winfield's release on the new tool points out that Google has the ability to manage geospatial shape files of farm fields, but different ag markers like applied maps, yield maps and field input prescriptions can have different boundaries for the same field. With this system the farmer can overlay those three pieces of geospatial information and choose which aspect to examine at any time.
Check back soon as we work with Winfield to show more about how this will really work on your farm, and learn more about the Winfield Data Silo at answer.