DEMETER is a project funded by the European Commission with a primary focus on driving the digital transformation of the agri-food sector to benefit farmers and the industry as a whole.
The project’s main objective is to expedite the implementation of data-driven, intelligent farming solutions that offer decision support and control systems for agricultural practices.
This empowers farmers to take better decisions, allowing them to harness the full value of their own data and knowledge as well as those shared with others.
DEMETER Technical Components
Precision agriculture systems employ various communication, sensing, and data-processing technologies. Creating a new master system to incorporate others is not feasible due to scalability and governance issues.
DEMETER takes an overarching approach, integrating heterogeneous technologies and supporting fluid data exchange across the agri-food chain.
Within the DEMETER project, various services and platforms were delivered:
— Agricultural Interoperability Space (AIS)
— Brokerage Service Environment (BSE)
— DEMETER Agriculture Information Model (AIM)
— DEMETER Enabler Hub (DEH)
— Stakeholders Open Collaboration Space (SOCS)
— Access Control System (ACS)
Agriculture Information Model
The DEMETER Agriculture Information Model is a data model and ontology that describes all data needed by DEMETER applications and the usage of which ensures semantic interoperability between data and various components.
AIM offers a common language for different systems and devices to communicate and collaborate, enabling the creation of new applications and the monetization and reuse of existing data and devices.
The end-users and stakeholders benefiting from AIM:
DEMETER Enabler Hub
The DEMETER Enabler HUB (DEH), as a fundamental module of the DEMETER Architecture, serves as a centralized repository for comprehensive descriptions of components, devices, services, data sources, platforms, and more, which can be accessed and utilized for deployment and exploitation.
The DEH facilitates resource registration, maintenance, and discovery, offering harmonized descriptions that enable component utilization within the co-creation mechanism via the SOCS. It also allows DEMETER Providers to promote their resources, making them reusable by various DEH users.
The targeted end-users and stakeholders of DEH:
Stakeholders’ Open Collaboration Space
The DEMETER Stakeholders Open Collaboration Space (SOCS) is an online platform designed to facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing, and co-creation among stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
The SOCS provides social networking and co-creation features that enable users to discover companies, analyze experiments and success stories, collaborate on common interests, share guidelines for integration with the DEMETER ecosystem, address farmers’ needs, and implement new applications.
The end-users and stakeholders targeted by the SOCS:
The DEMETER pilot projects, implemented across 18 European countries, were utilized to demonstrate and evaluate the benefits of interoperability mechanisms for innovations and extended capabilities.
They were grouped into 5 clusters:
— Arable crops
— Precision farming in arable crops
— Fruit and vegetable production
— Supply chain
Development and implementation of digital agricultural tools and services over 4 years have led to significant benefits in both plant and animal production.
Benefits for plant production:
Energy Consumption: Save over 8% on irrigation energy consumption.
Water Usage: Reduce water consumption by up to 30%, promoting sustainable water management.
Fertilizer Inputs: Cut down on fertilizer usage by an average of 10%, with potential savings of up to 26%.
Pesticide Use: Reduce the need for pesticides by up to 15%, fostering eco-friendly practices.
Labor Efficiency: Streamline operations and minimize manual labor efforts.
Transparency: Gain supply chain transparency, ensuring quality from crop to consumer.
Benefits for animal production:
Milk Protein Content: Boost milk protein content by approximately 6%, improving product quality.
Animal Welfare: Enhance cows’ wellbeing by 4%, ensuring healthier and happier livestock.
Broilers Mortality: Reduce broilers mortality rate by 9-10%, ensuring better animal care.
Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR): Improve chicken FCR by 4-5%, optimizing feed usage.
Veterinary Efficiency: Reduce veterinarians’ occupancy by 5%, optimizing their time.
Work Efficiency: Improve work efficiency by 5%, empowering your team.
Transparency: Ensure transparency throughout the supply chain, ensuring consumer trust.