New data network project to enable interoperability of agricultural electronics-based systems

The digital transformation in agriculture is providing farmers with new devices and services, such as sensors and drones. (Image source: Adobe StockThe first results from EU’s Horizon project ‘Agricultural Interoperability and Analysis System’ (ATLAS), a new open interoperability network to integrate and connect many farm data sources simply, will be presented on DLG-Connect.com on 24 November in a free-to-attend online demo day

Part of ATLAS, DLG’s International Crop Production Centre (IPZ) used the newly-developed system to collect and manage data from selected demonstration farms. 

The digital transformation in agriculture is providing farmers with new devices and services, such as sensors and actuators on farm equipment along with weather information, drones, and satellite images. As a result there is now a need for a common data ‘interoperability’ network that allows any stand-alone system used on the farm to connect, thus providing one single access point for the farmer. 

“Many sensor-based systems, like the popular ‘nitrogen sensor’, come with their own software and, while each system is easy to install and use, there is no overall data platform that pulls all the results together for a simple overview. This means the farmer has to access each system individually, which not only often takes time but also does not give the farmer the chance to see all the data together. What ATLAS does is to build an open interoperability network to enable any system to provide or retrieve data simply,” said Florian Schiller, project manager digital agriculture of International DLG Crop production Centre. 

As part of the trial, DLG's International Crop Production Centre is collecting data from a range of sources – online task management and machine tracking, field data management and infield sensor connection, target fertilisation, target crop protection, herd management and livestock behaviour analysis.

“The benefit for the farmer is increased compatibility with all the digital tools he uses. The farmer will no longer encounter the interface incompatibilities that still exist here and there in this sector,” added Schiller. 

Using the network will result in time savings and increased efficiency, with an additional expected benefit: to enable a market place for data analysis tools that the farmer can then use easily. 

Technical scope 

The project is developing an open, distributed, and extensible open interoperability network with micro service architecture, providing hardware and software interoperability layers which enable the acquisition and sharing of data from a multitude of sensors. It will also provide analysis of this data using a multitude of approaches, enabling innovative, data-driven services in agriculture to help improve the efficiency in a sustainable way. 

ATLAS Demo Day: ‘Business Opportunities for Innovative Digital Data-Driven Agriculture’

The ATLAS Demo Day 2021 will be held on 24 November 2021 as part of the AGRITECHNICA digital programme on the DLG-Connect platform.

Titled ‘Business Opportunities for Innovative Digital Data-Driven Agriculture’, the demo day is an opportunity to network with companies and partners from the digital field. The programme, which covers presentations with inventive titles like ‘PigstEYE Topic: Behavioural Analysis and Management of Livestock and ‘SWRI Pinios Hydrologic Observatory’, offers insight into regional approaches from Greece, Germany to Latvia and Slovenia among others. Participating organisations and companies include Soil & Water Resources Institute-HAO, Fraunhofer IAIS , Exa Computing and Agvolution. A panel discussion titled “is Data the New Oil”, will wrap up the demo day.

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