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Advisory platform for small farms based on earth observation

Objective

The overall objective of APOLLO is to develop a commercial platform that will provide a suite of farm management advisory services specifically designed to address the needs of small farmers. APOLLO will use state-of-the-art methodologies for the calculation of agricultural parameters based on EO data, taking advantage of the improved spatial and temporal coverage of the new Sentinels.
APOLLO will produce data on agricultural parameters through available EO, meteorological, and auxiliary data. Especially for the calculation of soil moisture, SAR images will be used for the first time with Sentinel-1, making it possible to obtain maps with a spatial and temporal resolution not achievable before. Based on the agricultural parameters calculated, a suite of farm management services (tillage scheduling, irrigation scheduling, crop growth monitoring, and crop yield estimation) will be developed, and will be delivered through a web and mobile interface. The service requirements will be elaborated in close collaboration with end users.
APOLLO services will be cost-effective and affordable, thanks to access to free and open Copernicus data, an automated processing chain for the delivery of agricultural variables, independence from the need for ground-based sensors, and the pioneering use of Sentinel-1 data for estimating soil moisture information.
The APOLLO platform and business case will be validated through pilot testing in Spain, Greece, and Serbia, with the participation of small farmers, agricultural consultants, farmers’ associations, and SMEs providing farm management services.
A business strategy for the take-up of APOLLO will be developed, assessing the operational sustainability of the platform based on market revenues. According to the preliminary business plan developed, APOLLO has the potential for a Return On Investment (ROI) of 18% - 51% in 3 years (for the low and high uptake scenario, respectively).

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-EO-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL S.A.
Address
Themistokli Sofouli Str 54-56
54655 Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 398 500

Participants (8)

STARLAB BARCELONA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 140 437,50
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 47 Bis
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 205 812,50
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 192 750
Address
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73
11000 Belgrade
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 231 250
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EVENFLOW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 158 462,50
Address
Rue De La Loi 26, Boite 7
1040 Etterbeek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRISAT IBERIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 226 843,75
Address
Avenida Primera 18
02007 Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UDRUZENJE POLJOPRIVREDNIKA OPSTINE RUMA
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 76 875
Address
Vase Rajcevica 34
22404 Putinci
Activity type
Other
AGROTIKOS SYNETAIRISMOS PELLAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 76 125
Address
9 D&m Papadopoulou Str
58100 Giannitsa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)