Scaling agricultural sensor data for an improved monitoring of agri-environmental conditions

Project: EU project

Project Details


Clear targets have been defined by the EU for a more competitive and sustainable agriculture (Green Deal). This requires data-driven decision making for farmers, governments and other policy makers, yet there is a severe reference-data gap when observations are needed at the local level. An underexploited source of data is generated by sensors used in agriculture, as they capture crucial information on the crops and the surrounding agri-environmental conditions. Tapping into this source and upscaling them the integration with other data (e.g. satellite) could result in enhanced capacities for regional agri-environmental monitoring. This would require a paradigm shift on how the monitoring systems work, and on the issues of data ownership and governance.The vision of ScaleAgData is thus to gain insight in (i) how these data streams should be governed to the benefit of all stakeholders, especially the farmers, and (ii) how these data can be integrated in the regional agri-environmental monitoring datasets. Through this upscaling, this wealth of information can be shared with a larger farmer community, thus shrinking the technological inequality in the sector. Specific attention will be paid to innovations in sensor technology, edge computing, data analytics, and novel EO-based products. These innovations will be co-designed and showcased in 6 Research and Innovation Labs, each with their specific thematic focus and spread across Europe. This will enable the assessment of the proposed innovations and data governance frameworks, and demonstrating added values of the improved monitoring capabilities for a range of users, including small-scale and agro-ecological farmers, the financial sector, and policy makers. With these outcomes, ScaleAgData aims at contributing to the overall competitiveness and sustainability performance of the European agricultural sector, and to the work of the HE candidate partnership “Agriculture of Data” and the Soil Mission.

Improved monitoring capacities through the integration of sensor data
Effective start/end date1/01/2331/12/26

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • OHB Digital Services GmbH
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (lead)
  • Institut für Angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH
  • Neuropublic AE Pliroforikis & Epikoinonion
  • Ghent University
  • DEIMOS Engenharia SA
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • DHI A/S
  • Andalusian Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA)
  • Wielkopolski Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego w Poznaniu
  • Deimos Engineering and Systems SL
  • Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH
  • Horta S.r.l.
  • AVR bvba
  • Eigen Vermogen VH Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO)
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
  • EURAC Research
  • Farm Europe AISBL
  • Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES)
  • CNH Industrial Belgium
  • MIGAL - Galilee research Institute Ltd.
  • AgroInsurance International LLC
  • Kuva Space Oy
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)
  • Easy Global Market SAS

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • governance
  • sustainable agriculture
  • sensors