IoF 2020

Internet of Farm & Food 2020

IoF 2020 is an innovative and multidisciplinary research project funded by the European Commission that started in January 2017 and ended in March 2021. It was funded under the HORIZON 2020 programme. The project accelerates the adoption of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies in European agri-food chains with the aim of strengthening their competitiveness and sustainability. The project is the result of the involvement of over 120 partners from 22 countries, strengthening the network and pooling valuable knowledge.

The goal is ambitious: to make precision farming a reality and a decisive step towards a more sustainable food value chain. With the help of IoT technologies, higher yields and better product quality are within reach. The use of pesticides and fertilisers will decrease and overall efficiency will be optimised. IoT technologies also enable better animal welfare and food traceability, leading to higher food quality and safety.

EECC is the IoF 2020 project consortium member responsible for the development and implementation of an EPCIS-based traceability engine. The tools developed will initially be implemented in Use Case 5.3 Meat Trancparency and Traceability, demonstrating the ability to trace the complete pork supply chain from feed delivery and birth of piglets to slaughter and further processing of the meat to track human food along a safe and transparent supply chain. On this basis, a proactive auditing system will be provided that will shift the focus of improvements from sanctioning deviations to proactively identifying and avoiding aberrations, thus ensuring the quality of the resulting product. Thus, the developed system from the life cycle describing EPCIS events will also be used in the UseCases 4.5 Digital Ecosystem Utilisation (olive harvesting and processing) and 5.1 Pig Farm Management (sensors in pig fattening). Finally, the EECC will contribute to the overall project consortium to best utilise and disseminate the project results.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731884.