Internet of Food & Farm 2020 started on 1st of January

The IoF2020 project is dedicated to accelerate adoption of "Internet of Things" (IoT) for securing sufficient, safe and healthy food to strengthen competitiveness of farming and food chains in Europe. The big project is meant to consolidate Europe’s leading position in the global IoT industry by fostering a symbiotic ecosystem of farmers, food industry, technology providers and research institutes.The IoF2020 consortium of 71 partners, led by Wageningen UR and other core partners of previous key projects such as FIWARE and IoT-A, will leverage the ecosystem and architecture that was established in those projects.
The heart of the project is formed by 19 use cases grouped in 5 trials with end users from the Arable, Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables and Meat verticals and IoT integrators that will demonstrate the business case of innovative IoT solutions for a large number of application areas. A lean multi-actor approach focusing on user acceptability, stakeholder engagement and sustainable business models will boost technology and market readiness levels and bring end user adoption to the next stage. This development will be enhanced by an open IoT architecture and infrastructure of reusable components based on existing standards and a security and privacy framework. Anticipating vast technological developments and emerging challenges for farming and food, the 4-year project stays agile through dynamic budgeting and adaptive decision-making by an implementation board of representatives from key user organizations. A 6 M€ mid-term open call will allow for testing intermediate results and extending the project with technical solutions and test sites.
A coherent dissemination strategy for use case products and project learnings supported by leading user organizations will ensure a high market visibility and an increased learning curve.
Thus IoF2020 will pave the way for data-driven farming, autonomous operations, virtual food chains and personalized nutrition for European citizens. In total a budget of 35 million euros is available for the project, which has been launched for four years, The EU takes the main share of 30 million euros. According to project manager Dr. George Beers from the University of Wageningen on Tuesday (January 17, 2017), the project IoF2020 is implemented to further develop the digital networking of all actors in the agricultural sector in the European Union. Beers explained that the aim of the project is a paradigm shift in agriculture, to more sustainability and productivity. In addition, the current challenges, such as the demand for more transparency in production, should be effectively addressed. According to the scientist, IoF2020, as a application of the "Internet of Things", will help to promote digital communication and the further processing of data between different actors in the "agriculture 4.0". The project also helps to strengthen the competitiveness and competence of Europe in food production. As already mentioned above 19 different case studies are planned. In one of those studies the Danube Soy organization involved. Ursula Bittner, general secretary, hopes that precision farming will help to improve arable farming in European soybean cultivation, especially regarding sowing and herbicide applications to improve business performance and reduce negative environmental impacts. More information about the IoF2020, more information about Danube Soy organization.