Unlock the full potential of IoT and Edge Computing (technologies, solutions, services, ecosystem, and infrastructure) for supporting future-proof, sustainable agri-food and forestry value chains in the Green Deal era

Agriculture production

  • Crops
  • Livestock

Fisheries production

  • Capture fisheries
  • Aquaculture


  • Forest management: growth and inventory
  • Forest health: detection and prevention (diseases, fires, etc)

Food chain (farm to fork)

  • Food traceability
  • Food safety & quality
  • Strengthening/resilience of the Agrifood supply chain

Environmental and biodiversity protection

  • Preservation of biodiversity in agriculture, fishery and forestry activities
  • Monitoring of environmental impact of agrifood and forestry activities

Policies and standards

Objective: contribute to shaping the innovation and regulatory policies at EU level in the areas of interest to our working group.

In particular, the following areas are concerned.

  1. EU data strategy:
    1. Contribute to create the vision for agrifood data ecosystems, comprising data spaces and data marketplaces leveraging on data sharing.
  2. Farm to fork strategy and biodiversity strategy:
    1. Provide input and feedback on issues like provenance of food, environmental footprint associated with food production (e.g. greenhouse emissions, use of pesticides and fertilisers, use of irrigation…), or data related to animal welfare and health.
    2. Provide input on IoT and digital technology as enablers to reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural activity
    3. Provide input on data sharing as a key element to strengthen the supply chain
    4. CAP post 2020:
  3. Monitoring of the CAP: working on digital tools (both SW and cyber-physical systems) for a simplified and effective implementation of the CAP, notably monitoring of agricultural areas using an integration of remote and proximal sensing, as well as other data sources



Objective: generate opportunities for collaborative research and innovation for our members

  • Facilitate consortia building for Horizon Europe calls in the scope of WG activities
  • PoCs and pilots within the Smart Networks and Services JU
  • Cooperation with other R&D&I organisations/partnerships with specific programmes in the scope of WG activities (e.g. , KDT and the new EU partnerships aligned with Horizon Europe Cluster 6, …)
  • Testing and experimentation facilities (living labs) for agriculture, forestry and environmental monitoring (Digital Europe programme)
  • Digital Innovation Hubs (Digital Europe programme)
  • Engage agri-food flagship projects within WG scope: ATLAS, DEMETER, agROBOFood, AgriDataSpace, AgrifoodTEF and other projects in forestry, biodiversity and environment.



Objective: identify key technological developments and gaps in the scope of the WG

  • Architectures and standards for data sharing
  • Gaps in interoperability and standardization
  • Digital twins for agriculture, fisheries and forestry
  • Specific requirements of IoT and Edge for WG scope: connectivity in remote areas, low-power solutions, Edge AI…
  • Ag robots
  • AI-based data processing
  • Smart sensing approaches for portable food safety/quality analysis.
  • Application of mobile devices in agrifood (e.g. augmented reality, advanced image processing)
  • Biodiversity monitoring technology
Luis Perez Freire, Gradiant
Christopher Brewster, TNO