IoF2020: Internet of Food and Farm 2020
‘Internet of Food and Farm 2020’ Large Scale Project has been granted €30 million from Horizon 2020 to foster a large-scale take-up of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the European farming and food value chain in the next 4 years. It will 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 project, funded under Call IoT-1-2016 Large Scale Pilots, brings together 73 partners, from 16 countries, under the coordination of Wageningen University & Research. The partnership also included another 4 Smart AKIS partners: CEMA-European Agricultural Machinery, Agricultural University of Athens, BioSense Institute and Arvalis (member of ACTA). 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. ‘Internet of Food and Farm 2020’ emerged from the “Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)” initiative which was established by the European Commission and aims at developing and supporting the dialogue and interaction among different Internet of Things (IoT) players in Europe. Smart AKIS thematic Network will closely follow the progress on IoF2020 and will contribute to the disseminaton of the pilot findings and cases.