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Building an Interoperable, Data-Driven, Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector

Project description

IoT-based data analysis to improve farming

A top goal for the EU is to support sustainable agriculture and food production, protect natural resources and boost food safety. Smart farming via GPS, soil scanning, data management, and IoT technologies could help attain the EU goal of ameliorating the quantity and quality of farming production. The EU-funded DEMETER is a large-scale project deployed in 18 countries, 15 of which are EU member states. The project will analyse data obtained from a wide range of actors (production sectors and systems) to provide an integrated interoperable data model enabling optimal resource management in the European agri-food sector.


The DEMETER Project is a large-scale deployment of farmer centric interoperable smart farming-IoT based platforms delivered through a series of 20 pilots across 18 countries (15 States in the EU). Involving 60 partners, DEMETER adopts a multi-actor approach across the value chain (demand and supply), with 25 deployment sites, 6,000 farmers and over 38,000 devices and sensors being deployed and participants involved come from different production sectors (dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit and arable crops), production systems (conventional and organic) and different farm sizes and types, optimising the data analysis obtained across multiple farms. DEMETER will demonstrate the real-life potential of advanced standards-based interoperability between IoT technologies by adapting and extending existing standards into an over-arching Agricultural Information Model, concurrently ensuring security, privacy and business confidentiality across the full value chain in multiple agri-food operational environments. DEMETER will encompass a multi system and multi data source integration considering not only IoT but legacy systems, open data, geographical and satellite information, and in general will provide an open and interoperable data integration model. DEMETER displays how an integrated approach to business modelling and user acceptance can support sustainable farming and food production systems, provide safe food and support farmers in their decision-making in ‘doing more with less’. DEMETER will bring new business opportunities on the farm and in the wider agri-food economy, while concurrently contributing to the safeguarding of Europe’s precious natural resources. DEMETER’s goal is the creation of a secure and sustainable European IoT technology and business ecosystem whose impact could be transformative in the EC food and agriculture sector, and potentially across the world.

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 040 906,25
X91 K0EK Waterford

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Ireland Southern South-East
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 2 040 906,25

Participants (66)