Progress on use-cases, networking & challenges 

CEMA attended this important gathering on 6-7-8 March in Prague and seized the opportunity to get an update on the different use cases, progress in the horizontal work packages and also do brainstorming on new issues such as ‘ethical aspects on data sharing’.

The 3-day event was the occasion to:

  • Meet & exchange with the brand new SmartAgriHubs project, that started in November 2018 and kicked-off in Prague two days before the IoF2020 partner event. The two projects share some common partners (including CEMA, representing the Agricultural Machinery Industry), topics and objectives: first of all the one about digitisation in agriculture.
  • The launch of the new IoF20202 Use Cases: Data-driven Potato Production, Traceability for Food and Feed Logistics, Machine Learning applications, field management in different regions to Solar-powered Field Sensors and Smart precision cow and cattle monitoring. The updated list is available on the IoF2020 website.
  • The launch of the IoT catalogue, a web-based catalogue and decision-support tool for proposing solutions based on the Internet-of-Things on concrete problems such as those described in the IoF2020 uses cases. For more information, visit

Lessons learned & Challenges:

Security awareness – key issue to implement in all Use Cases – The STRIDE threat modelling would be used over all use cases in order to deal with the technology threats. To increase the overall security of the use-cases, it is important to select the right technologies but also to design effective processes and train the people responsible for implementing these processes.

Farm machinery interoperability – today is all about data exchange between field machinery and Farm Management Information Systems FMIS, developing applications and Application Programming Interfaces APIs using domain models and standards, as well as use cloud-2-cloud communication to facilitate one portal for the farmer instead of multiple. The challenges ahead are to select and benchmark models in order to be sustainable and interoperable. Examples of domain models were mentioned  such as NGSI-LD (developed under ETSI by FIWARE), rmAGRO (WUR) and ADAPT (AgGateway).

Monetization and access control – was explained as a possible tool to connect software services to developers and end-user applications. It allows the reuse of software services and could be used to network between use-cases. Ficodes and Opplafy ( were mentioned as tools to publish datasets and give access as you see fit.

Also the ethics of data sharing were discussed with the code of conduct on ‘data sharing by contractual agreement’ as the basis. The basic concepts of the Code seem accepted by many participants but it is a starting point, not the end of the process for a fair and transparent sharing of data in the value chain and beyond.

Iof2020 enters into its last 18 months. Still plenty of activities to carry out but a highly motivated consortium together with a very committed management team will ensure this unique project delivers the most out of it.