The Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Science (FPP) of Universitas Diponegoro (Undip) continues to strive to update the IoT (Internet of Things) course materials given to students in all study programs as a provision for graduates to face the digital era. Material updating does not only concern the content of the lecture material but also the method, method of achievement, and scope of the material.

The Dean of FPP Undip, Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Waluyo Hadi Eko Prasetiyono, MS, M.Agr., IPU.; said that the provision of Internet of Things at all levels of education is a necessity. “At first the Internet of Things was actually just a tool. But now we see it as an essential thing that must be mastered as a provision in the era of industry 4.0, “said the figure who is familiarly called Prof. Bambang WHEP, Wednesday (14/7/2021).

Because it is considered essential, FPP Undip strives to always update the IoT course materials it holds to be relevant and able to answer existing needs. Existing developments, as well as input from stakeholders, are important considerations in updating IoT course materials at FPP Undip.

What is certain, said Prof. Bambang WHEP, is that reform must also prioritize context. In addition to updating in relation to the development of internet technology and related applications; FPP also seeks to maintain the relevance of IoT, especially those related to the scientific field of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture. “Relevance to the field of science is still important to support its direct application in practical activities to research and making scientific papers,” he added.

He gave an example of a closed house owned by FPP Undip which functions as a business unit as well as a laboratory for the practice of students and researchers that are equipped with modern technology. In the management system, the use of information technology is an important part, including the technical regulation of temperature, humidity regulation, and regulation of ammonia gas in the cage so that the productivity achieved can be maximized.

As is known, knowledge of the internet and information technology has now become important in all sectors, so that educational institutions from basic to higher education feel the need to equip students and students to master and understand them. Internet of things (IoT) itself is a concept where a certain object has the ability to transmit data over a network and without any human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT, which is often identified with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) as a communication method, has developed very quickly, starting from the level of convergence of wireless technology, microelectromechanical (MEMS), internet, and QR (Quick Responses) Code.

The elements in IoT at least include artificial intelligence (Artificial Intelligence); connectivity is commonly referred to as the connection between networks; the use of devices that are smaller in size with high effectiveness and yield; the existence of sensors for both light sensors, sound sensors, and other detection sensors; as well as increasing the active involvement of equipment or machines in carrying out their functions.

Its wider scope by entering sensor-based technologies, such as wireless technology, QR Code, makes the existence of IoT even more important in common life, including in the development of digital livestock and agriculture that are more precise and efficient.

“Whatever the term, whether modern farming, digital farming, or smart farming, it’s a challenge that we must face together. In the context of being a higher education institution, we are also committed to preparing our graduates to face the challenges that exist according to the level and demands of expertise,” he concluded.