What is Agri-Info?
Agri-Info is an intuitive, web-based application offering farmers critical real time information to help in their daily decisions from seed selection to determining profitability and yield. The software is designed by Agri-Info LLC, a joint venture between Agri SA, an agribusiness company in Japan, and SOS International, a direct sales company based in South Korea. Agri-Info provides the core functionality for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and helps manage and optimize the functions of its member agencies. Agri-Info is delivered via web services and supports multiple platforms including the iPhone, Linux and Windows mobile platforms and can be customized to serve the specific needs of individual companies.
Agri-Info is designed to help users access critical information relevant to their businesses. Users gain access to complete, real-time information from their computers or laptops. Agri-Info displays relevant information such as critical yield information, fertilizer availability and price, weather and climate conditions and many other data pertinent to agricultural production. With its data collection capabilities, Agri-Info helps manage the critical data of agricultural companies. Agri-Info is based on open source technologies, which facilitate the dissemination of data.
Agri-Info is designed to support the processes involved in data analysis. Agri-Info includes a powerful data mining capability, which uses knowledge discovery strategies to build higher quality databases. The technology is designed to address the challenges presented by storing, accessing, and using large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data, such as in the case of data sets covering hundreds of thousands or millions of records. These high volumes of data require advanced processing power and memory to ensure the system responds quickly and reliably to the complex demands placed on it.
Data design plays an integral part in Agri-Info. The software utilizes a powerful data visualization tool that enables the extraction of meaningful information from large quantities of data sets. Agri-Info designers merge visual information with other types of metadata to build highly usable, searchable and dynamic web applications. The resulting user interface for Agri-Info is Extensible Graphical Environment (XGE), which allows for both creation of custom data structures as well as automatic generation of hyperlinks.
A key feature of Agri-Info design is the capability of integrating external databases and information from other sources. This ability brings into focus the ability of Agri-Info to leverage information from other sources, which in turn, leads to more efficient processing of data. Furthermore, Agri-Info also includes a powerful and flexible workflow tool. Agri-Info offers support for tasks such as workflow analysis, automated merging, task execution and construction of work queues, among others.
Agri-Info is available as software and as an appliance, both for desktop and server computers. It also comes with a rich set of user templates to facilitate the creation of custom reports and to simplify the process of creating technical documentation. It provides comprehensive support for Excel and Lotus Domino. However, Agri-Info software runs best on a Windows machine. Otherwise, it can be run on UNIX and Linux.