This article is intended to point out some of the potential advantages FI-WARE has for agriculture and agro-industry. Future Internet and FI-WARE relate to any business sector in Europe and the information provided is therefore kept in rather general terms. When it comes to the details, the information is full of technical terms, which often are unfamiliar to, in this respect, layman readers.
It is generally agreed that the use of ICT in agriculture suffers from lack of standards, lack of compatiblity between ICT services and applications, lack of data sharing among incompatibable databases, and lack of ICT solutions supporting emerging computerisation of agricultural machines with robotic capatibilities. The supply of ICT to farm business in Europe comes from a large number of small companies without sufficient technical and financial capabilities to catch up with the technological developments in farm machinery and equipment.
This is precisely what FI-WARE has the potential solutions for. The FIspace platform is designed to support business to business collaboration including data sharing as well as availability and marketing of ICT services and applications throughout Europe. The FIspace offers a common platform where providers of services, applications and data for agriculture can implement standards, compatibility and data sharing. The so-called generic enablers in FI-WARE make this process feasible and affordable for SMEs in the agricultural sector.
Read more about the visions and benefits for agriculture and about the possibilities of FI-WARE and FIspace in the Guidelines for Applicants.
Agricultural ICT companies, advisory services and research organisations can participate in projects within the following items, as examples. Funding is available in some countries and any participation with in-kind funding is always welcome.
- Modifications and documentation of decision support systems and other knowledge based systems for enabling the systems to be implemented in smart applications or services.
- Modifications of data bases for enabling data sharing within an open marketplace for agricultural ICT
- Development of local adaptions of smart applications or services
- End user trials of smart applications or services
Agro-industry enterprises and public services are likewise very welcome, with ICT-AGRI funding or in-kind funding. Examples of possible contributions are
- Agricultural and environmental authorities can provide online services, which support farmers to comply with regulations, e.g., maps with zero-spraying zones or submission machine generated data for documentation
- Machine manufacturers can provide services to support machine operation and maintenance