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ESA Calls

THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Since ICT-AGRI 2 there have been fruitful contacts with the European Space Agency ESA. In ICT-AGRI-FOOD, Niels Gøtke (DASHE) and Xenofon Tsilimparis (GRNET) maintain this collaboration, as they have a dedicated task (Task 6.1).

The Agritech is already today making use of space data and satellite navigation (GNSS and the EC's Galileo system) which are core technologies for the development of Precision Agriculture.

The collaboration with ESA has the aim to give input to CAP monitoring and support European companies in making the best use of space data together with other technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV's) or drones and Blockchain. Competitive farming requires the use of adapted innovative technologies, efficient data computing, etc. but an important aspect is also an increased focus towards the development of better decision support systems providing knowledge to the farmer and other stakeholders (operations optimization, strategic acquisition, etc.). New digital technologies such as Satellite Remote Sensing are more than just to substitute current on-the-spot check systems and advance monitoring/controlling farmers practices. These new digital technologies can also be seen as tools that enable farmers to become active within the forthcoming monitoring system seeking out new digital services.

 

Call on "Responsible Agritech" 

This call aims to stimulate the development of space enabled agritech value chain applications to tackle in a responsible manner the agricultural challenges of 21st century. Three key objectives are defined, in line with the new Common
Agricultural Policy:

• Sustainability: agritech applications mitigating impacts on the climate and the environment, landscapes, biodiversity and producing safe and healthy food.
• Fairness: Ensuring decent revenues for farmers (especially those with more difficulties), rebalancing power in food chain, promoting rural areas and attracting young farmers.
• Competitiveness: develop the agritech sector through innovation, digitalization, new technologies, rural development and infrastructure, efficient advisory systems and continuous training.

Here is the list of awarded Kick-Start Activities studies for the Responsible Agritech call, result of ESA's evaluation of the proposals submitted:

Study name

Company name

Country

Description

AlmEO

TERRANIS SAS

FR

A service for almond orchards management offering monitoring of vegetation development to highlight abnormal heterogeneities and identify issues that may impact yield and irrigation scheduling to maximize crop yield without wasting water.

Dynamic Optimisation Software for Harvest Planning (DOSHP)

SENSONOMIC AS

NO

A software for harvest planning using satellite earth observation and GNSS, together with weather data and dynamic resource allocation to ensure that the time and place of harvests are optimised.

EO4CarbonFarming

VISTA

DE

EO4CarbonFarming targets developing a technically and economically sound operational service for soil organic carbon content mapping using Earth Observation data to quantify the success of carbon sequestration measures and support climate change mitigation.

HyperSOC

ScanWorld S.A.

BE

HyperSOC (Hyperspectral measurement of Soil Organic Carbon) is aiming to develop analytical solutions to better understand the distribution of soil organic carbon across parcels worldwide.

PickyRobot, a harvesting machine for strawberries

Zauberhändchen UG

DE

An autonomous harvesting machine for strawberries, using multiple technologies including Galileo High Accuracy Service for precise location.

ProvGRASS: Grass measurement from space

PROVEYE LIMITED

IE

The tool provides unprecedented accuracy in measuring grass quality and quantity using UAV and satellite imagery in tandem with deep learning technologies.

Purlieu - An automated model for habitat and carbon sink estimation

ADF FARM SOLUTIONS LTD T/A FARMEYE

IE

Investigation of an automated model for farm habitat and carbon sink estimation. The model intends to be built using data from satellite imagery, GNSS linked ground annotations, GIS mapping and scientific know.

SOC Recommended Farming Practices detection

SpaceSense

FR

SatEO based models tracking Recommended Farming Practices (RFP) and estimating carbon sequestration at sub-field level.

TERRA - climaTe sERvices for a Resilient Agriculture

AMIGO srl

IT

TERRA is a Software-as-a-Service risk assessment and monitoring tool based on a climate-enhanced vulnerability index, that seamlessly integrates satellite data, reanalysis products and seasonal forecasts.

 

Call on the analysis of service to detect and prevent Food and Beverage Fraud (Closed February 2021)