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EIT Digital’s Next Generation IoT Platform Set to Help Farmers Weed Out Pesticides
Date:2/16/2017

EIT Digital has launched work to develop a new Smart IOT Application Development (SIOTAD) framework primarily aimed at the agricultural industry. Pilot studies are about to get under way for the framework, which is designed to reduce the use of phytosanitary products through IoT, Big Data and 5G innovations. The concept is expected to be transferred eventually to other industries that also require efficient IoT and management platforms.

The SIOTAD project is an Innovation Activity* within EIT Digital’s Digital Industry Action Line and has been created to develop a framework to support sustainable and efficient agriculture.

The project partners include Nokia (in collaboration with Bilberry and CETA), Institut Mines-Télécom (Telecom École de Management) and Tampere University of Technology (in collaboration with Intopalo)**. The work will initially focus on the development of the IoT platform and conducting pilots in the agriculture industry with a view to launching the product commercially by the end of the year.

Guillaume Jourdain, CEO of Bilberry, explains:
“There is no weed detection solution available today on the market for monitoring big fields. Our solution, incorporating cameras on sprayers that will scan the area, and in real time, determine where to spray or not, is new for farmers, and will help them substantially decrease the amount of herbicides they spray on their crops. The impact for sustainable society could be huge as, depending on the amount of weed in the field, we think a target of reducing the use of phytosanitary products by up to 80% could be achieved.”

In addition, by delivering software development tools and components that have been tested in real pilot studies, the output will be of great value to wider digital industries in general as the applications could also be used in other markets and could in turn speed up development of new services.

Nicolas Rebierre, Nokia Innovation Platform Manager at Nokia Innovation Steering, says:

“We are very happy to bring to the EIT digital ecosystem our Nokia Innovation Platform, which will leverage and integrate the expertise of all the partners in the SIOTAD project. Integration and specification will be done in parallel with live business trials and the feedback will better adapt the platform to business requirements.”

“As we test the framework we think there could be significant potential for the agricultural industry and associated economy in particular, but future applications could be far more wide-ranging.”

*EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research. As such, we focus our investments on a limited number of innovation areas known as Innovation Action Lines that we have selected with respect to their European relevance and leadership potential. Each Innovation Action Line comprises a portfolio of activities including:

  •     open innovation activities carried out by the EIT Digital Partners 
  •     fast-growing technology start-ups that are ready to scale commercially 

Our innovation activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spinoffs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry.

** Nokia will act as coordinator and will provide access to its Nokia Innovation Platform, a live development and trial environment for start-ups, industry and other contributors to the Internet of Things. The startup company Bilberry will conduct pilots (in coordination with CETA non-profit farmers’s organisation) and explore business models studies on the top on the provided platform. IMT will bring its expertise on business model design and business model innovation and platform strategies. Tampere University of Technology will bring technological components related to application creation, Intopalo (a startup working in the security software field) will deliver security and privacy functionalities for the platform.

About EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation.

EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.

EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.

EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.

For more information visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu/
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