By 2050, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicts the world's population will reach 9 billion, a 34% jump over current totals. To keep up with this overwhelming population growth, farmers must work smarter than ever before to produce enough food. That’s just what the clients of AgCode are doing by applying the best concepts from Work in Progress (WIP) systems -- long a staple in the manufacturing industry -- to production agriculture. And thanks to help from Intertech, AgCode customers are benefitting from the convenience of mobile technology (iOS and Objective C) to adjust their business operations to increase efficiency and yield productivity.
AgCode had an existing mobile application. Unfortunately, it was built on the Windows CE platform that was no longer supported. In addition, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find devices on which their legacy mobile application would run. Not surprisingly, most of AgCode’s clients were demanding an iOS based solution due to the prevalence of iOS devices. However, AgCode’s excellent IT team did not have expertise with iOS at that time. Intertech was engaged to create a new iOS version of AgCode’s existing AM3 product. Time was a challenge since the new product needed to be completed quickly to accommodate planning for the upcoming growing season.
Intertech developed a new release of AM3, an aging but business-critical product, which is compatible with current smartphone & tablet technologies. The new mobile AM3 for iPhone was built and optimized for mobile technology to support all levels of farm operations. AM3 is designed around an efficient and effective data collection process, including pesticide reporting and labor management. AM3 for iPhone allows for the complete Field Inspection and Scorecard functionality, while AM3 for iPad provides robust data entry for all production activities to take data entry and field productivity to a new level. Data can easily be collected in the field and then optimized to provide business intelligence and production data to a farmer’s back office.
Intertech provided a robust version of AgCode’s premier customer solution, AM3, which could be delivered both as an iPhone and iPad application. The new mobile version addressed strong customer demand in time to accommodate critical planning processes for the impending growing season. Intertech staff also worked with AgCode’s internal development team to transfer important iOS development expertise and knowledge.
From the day it was founded in 1991 by local entrepreneur Tom Salonek, Intertech has been a company with an important difference: unwavering commitment to customers, employees and the broader community through excellent work, smart workplace and financial management, and creative philanthropic involvement.