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Digitisation can increase agricultural productivity and the profitability of farms. The Farmidata project will pilot the enhanced use of agricultural data streams in the Salo area in Finland.

What is it about?

New technology and new operating models are currently not used enough in Finnish agriculture. Collecting data from farms is challenging and its practical implementation is fragmented. The ownership of agricultural data has not been sufficiently well identified. Instead of being transferred and shared, data collected by various parties remains for their own use. A further problem is that the collected data benefits the farms only indirectly.

Digitisation can increase agricultural productivity and the profitability of farms. The use of information technology makes it possible to better anticipate risks and sudden changes in agriculture and in food production in a broader sense. Ideally, this will lead to higher productivity and a lower environmental impact.

What are we doing?

We are carrying out a set of projects focused on the digitisation of agriculture under the title of Digital Ecosystem in the Bioeconomy (in Finnish: Biotalouden digitaalinen ekosysteemi, BDE) as part of the IHAN – Human-driven data economy focus area.

The goal of the project is to develop a digital ecosystem for the bioeconomy, in which the profitability and competitiveness of the Finnish agricultural and food production sector will be enhanced through the use of information technology. Farmidata (link in Finnish) is a local digital pilot focused on improving operating conditions and resource efficiency in food production.

The Farmidata pilot in the Salo area will evaluate IT development needs in agriculture and assess what kinds of opportunities are presented by digitisation. The necessary applications will then be developed based on the studies and the structure of the ecosystem will be designed. The pilot consists of three trials.

  1. The FARMIMAPPING trial aims to identify the obstacles and challenges associated with producing location data for precision farming from data generated by plot imaging. The imaging-based data can be directly used to control the fertiliser spreader in applying the right amount of fertiliser to crops.
  2. The FARMISTORE product concept aims to find a solution for real-time fuel monitoring on farms, as well as the creation of purchasing groups and the optimisation of consumption.
  3. FARMISÄÄ (FARM WEATHER) is a concept for producing real-time weather and soil data from a micro weather network.

The technological solutions created in the pilot will be used in other IHAN projects where possible and they will be published as open source.

Who is involved?

The participants in the pilot include farms in the Salo area and the Peimari Group for Further Education and Training/Livia College, Datasense Oy, Soficta Oy and Toivon Tila.

Where have we got to so far?

The pilot started at the beginning of March 2018 and it will be completed at the end of October 2018.

How can I get involved?

For IHAN® pilot projects we are seeking ongoing projects or projects that are ready for a quick launch from various sectors examining solutions related to technical requirements for human-driven data exchange, such as self-sovereign identities, blockchain thinking, authorisations and data transmission. We particularly value different co-operation networks involving a wide variety of participants that already have an existing technical environment where IHAN® principles can be tested. The applicant may operate in sectors such as well-being, transport, agriculture or financing.


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