CEMA presents Smart-AKIS to VDMA experts
On the 15th of February 2018, the Smart-AKIS project was invited to make a presentation in the occasion of the VDMA Technical Working Committee – AKT, in Frankfurt. With more than 3,200 members, VDMA is the largest network organization for mechanical engineering in Europe. The association represents the common economic, technological and scientific interests of the diverse German industry and is a member of CEMA – European Agricultural Machinery. The focus of the joint meeting of the VDMA Working Committee “Technique” and the Advisory Board of the Standardisation Group for Agricultural Machinery was the digitization in agricultural engineering and agriculture. For this reason, Smart-AKIS was invited as a concrete example of EU-funded project fostering smart agriculture in the EU. Besides, numerous German companies have contributed to populate one of the milestones of Smart AKIS, the online platform featuring more than 1,500 Smart Farming Technologies https://smart-akis.com/SFCPPortal/. Sara Djelveh (CEMA) presented the project to an audience of around 100-120 participants, mainly representatives of the different VDMA member companies (German Trade Association for Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers). During the meeting, several points were raised concerning the future of Smart Farming Technologies in Europe, with a particular focus on two topics that are of high interest for Smart-AKIS:
- the need for cooperation among different actors (but also among competitors working for the same goals) and;
- standardization of agricultural machines.