Agro apps (Greece)
AGRO APPS is an SME founded on 2015 in Thessaloniki, focusing on trading and developing ICT applications specialized for the agricultural sector. AGRO APPS is an upcoming dynamic company in the agricultural sector, providing innovative applications and services with respect to its customers. Its state-of-the-art and standards-compliant technology solutions, enable the company to deliver competitive solutions and customized services. The company’s mission is to cover the needs of all stakeholders in the agricultural, food and environmental science spectrum.
The company management team combines many years of experience in Agricultural Projects, from requirements to development and implementation and finally, management and maintenance. The team has participated in many European and National research projects, focusing on environmental sciences and IT technologies with exceptional performance. AGRO APPS leads a FP7 project “myLocalFarm” that is funded by FRACTALS (Future Internet Enabled Agricultural Applications), under the funding framework of the European Commission.
AGRISAT is an SME based in Albacete (Spain), founded in May 2014 as a spin-off of a series of EU and national projects. These projects have all been dedicated to the development and demonstration of the operational use of Earth observation (EO) and webGIS for water management and farm advisory. AgriSat’s founding partners are an interdisciplinary group of scientists of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, ICT developers, agronomists, farm consultants, and farmers. As such, it draws on 20 years of experience in leading-edge technology, rigorously tested and applied as decision support tools in operational irrigation and farm management in a wide range of environments. Some of its founding partners have been among the world-wide pioneers of the technology as well as of its integration in a holistic perspective and innovative participatory development and validation approaches. The mission of AgriSat is to make this knowledge and the corresponding easy-to-use tools widely available to the water and agriculture sectors and thus, to help farmers save water, energy, and inputs while maintaining or increasing yields and ultimately increase farm profitability in an overall context of sustainable agriculture.
ARIESPACE is an SME established as the first spin-off company of the University of Naples “Federico II. With over 10 years of experience in the fields of Remote Sensing and Geo-information solutions, ARIESPACE provides products, services and consultancy for monitoring agricultural and forest resources based on satellite data. ARIESPACE experience has been established in the context of several national and international projects funded by EU (FP6 Pleiades, FP7 Sirius, FP7 Ceop Aegis).
Managerial capabilities: ARIESPACE is organized in three areas: Business development, R&D, Technical area (E.O. and IT). Each project is coordinated by experienced Project Manager. ARIESPACE has a well-established quality management system, whose compliance with ISO standards (ISO 9001) has been certified by Bureau Veritas. Technical capabilities: ARIESPACE innovative technologies and competitive advantages are based on the combination of competences developed in different international contexts. Collaborations and synergies with several research institutions (including: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Alterra – Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands, University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain, National Research Council and CREA, Italy, etc.) has allowed the acquisition and exchange of strong competences in the field of Earth Observation for the spatial analysis and monitoring of agro-forest systems and land resources. We have designed and developed an EO-based Decision Support System to provide crop growth information and irrigation advices to farmers in the Campania Region (Italy), involving more than 2000 users (about 10.000 plots) during almost 10 years of continuous land monitoring. In this context multi-date and multiresolution image segmentation approaches have been used for detecting irrigated areas.
In 2013, as follow up of IRRISAT Project, ARIESPACE has developed an operative service to detect irrigated areas in Valle Telesina Plan funded by Sannio Alifano Reclamation Consortium with own resources The service goal was to reduce the nonauthorized abstraction and perform the mapping of irrigated parcels for billing purposes. Main services: 1) Irrigation advisory service based on Satellite Data; 2) Detection of Irrigated plots, based on EO multi temporal vegetation status monitoring. 3) Land use and land cover mapping 4) Web GIS and Spatial DSS: Solutions for geographic data processing, spatial geo-database management and web publication.
Established in 1991 and reorganised in 1995 as a public institution entirely extrabudgetary funded within the system of the Ministry of National Education, the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) develops the National Space Program and coordinates its implementation through research projects and space applications, being authorised to establish its own research and development centers. At the same time, the Agency is the lead organisation of the Programme for Research, Development and Innovation STAR – Space Technology and Advanced Research. ROSA represents the Romanian Government in international cooperation programs such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The Agency carries out its own research and development projects through the ROSA Research Centre (RRC).
In 1998, RRC joined all research capacities in a unique management, establishing cooperation agreements with relevant research laboratories, like the one concluded with CRUTA – the Romanian Centre for Remote Sensing Applyed in Agriculture – a SME laboratory initially organized as an independent branch of the National R&D Institute for Land Reclamations “ISPIF” Bucharest.
In relation with the Copernicus programme, ROSA was an active partner in relevant European projects like SAFER, GEOLAND and INCREO. At national level, ROSA had numerous core projects, some of which follow Copernicus implementing directives applied at national level: GEOFARM (Core Copernicus infrastructure for a national geospatial advisory system for irrigated perimeters), MUTER (Land monitoring core services and applications), GEODIM (Platform for Geoinformation in Support of Disaster Management), LCCS07 (Hybrid method for thematic update of the land use inventory by remote sensing / GIS technology) and GEOMORF (Complex method of elaborating the digital geomorphologic map of Romania using geospatial technologies).
National Administration “Romanian Water” (NARW) is the National Authority aimed at applying the national strategy in the field of water management and turning to good account, as well as managing of the national hydrological, hydrogeological and water resources quality network which includes the water resources belonging to the public domain. It coordinates and answers for how the surface and ground water resources over the Romanian territory are being used and for how the water management works are being operated, and it collaborates with all the holders of other works built on waters or related to waters.
NARW is the single operator for natural or artificial surface water resources, regardless of the holder of any title of the hydraulic works, and groundwater resources, whatever their nature and related facilities, for which purpose it allocates right of use of water resources with their natural potential, under the law, except as expressly provided in the specific regulations in force.
The relevant responsibilities of NARW are Regulation and Coordination and Approval/Control. In fact, NARW services and responsibilities may be grouped into:
– Water resources administration and management
– Regulations in the field of water
– Inspection in the field of waters
– Issues related to European Integration
Consorzio di Bonifica del Sannio Alifano (Italy)
The Consorzio di Bonifica Sannio Alifano is located in the North-Western part of Campania Region and, with an extension of 1950 Kmq., it is one of the largest in the Region. The Consorzio is a public economic body, whose management is subject to the supervision and control of the Campania Region. The scope of the functions and duties of the Consorzio has been conferred on it by public laws on land reclamation. The Consorzio coordinates both public and private projects devoted to drainage, irrigation, flood control and soil defense, as well as those designed for the protection of surface and groundwater. It is also involved in activities pertinent to environmental safeguarding and is now mainly engaged in renovation of existing irrigation systems, with an emphasis on innovative irrigation use. In summary, the Consorzio carries out activities that include:
– Food security through irrigation in agriculture;
– Environmental safety;
– Land safety through minimizing hydrological risk and water protection.
The Andalusian Federation of the Irrigators Communities of Andalucia (FERAGUA) is an association without intentions of profit, which brings together the Irrigators of Andalucia (Irrigators Community, Irrigations, Private Irrigators, etc.) and is dedicated to the management of irrigation water, no matter if the source of the water is superficial or subterranean. It was founded in 1994, due to the need of establishing and maintaining a unity of criteria and actions among all the organizations which have as their main aim the use of irrigation water. FERAGUA is nowadays fully recognised and integrated in the public activity of the region, fighting to safeguard the interests and rights of the most precious good we have, namely water, and harmonizing the effort and the work of all Andalusian irrigators.
Along its life, FERAGUA has been growing in the Andalusian Public life and currently integrates Irrigators covering around 300.000 hectares. FERAGUA is very proud of having maintained along the years its political independence, which has allowed the association to work in favour of the Irrigators with Governments of very different ideas. With an always-constructive disposition, toughness and dialogue capacity, FERAGUA has become an important group of decision making in the hydraulic policy of the region. It can be said that the FERAGUA is the most important representative of the “irrigated land” inside the Andalusia scope. In this sense, the Public Administration has recognized FERAGUA as the favourite speaker in numerous occasions, among which, the following must be pointed out: the writing of the waters law and its regulations, the elaboration of the hydrological National Plan and the Andalusian hydrological river Basin Plans, the collaboration in the making-up of the National Irrigation Plan, the white book of waters, the Communitarian Directive frame about Waters Policy, etc.
White Research (Belgium)
WR (www.white-research.eu) is a social research SME specializing in consumer behaviour, market analysis and business planning in the fields of Agriculture, Energy, ICT, Health, Transport as well as in other related sectors and sub-fields. The company addresses business strategy, policy, market and user related issues through an array of diverse analytic tools.
More specifically, WR mines and interprets hard-to-grasp consumer insights through a combination of modern analytics and marketing research and evaluation methods. The company employs several collective intelligence research methods and techniques such as crowd sourcing and co-creation workshops. Within this context, White Research carries relevant experience in collecting and analysing surveyed or experimental user related data and turning asymmetric information into meaningful advice and recommendations.
In addition, WR specializes in the design and evaluation of innovation and business modelling with a keen eye on social innovation and entrepreneurship. WR possesses valuable know-how and expertise in offering business support and innovation management services in relation to business modelling and planning, market analysis and risk analysis, and supports the commercial exploitation and market uptake of research results and innovations. Through its core staff, WR has access to a wide-ranging expertise and significant experience in translating research to realistic policy and business recommendations, thus enabling a hybrid Marketing Research – Management Consulting model, as well as linkages to several EU-related interested civic society groups and networks.
2eco is a SME created in May 2011 as a spin-off of the Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE) of the New University of Lisbon (UNL). The mission of 2eco is to promote the transfer of knowledge and uptake by end-users of results generated by the R&D activities of CENSE in the areas of ecological economics and environmental management, to the benefit of society. 2eco is focused in the interface between ecological and economic systems to promote societal transitions towards sustainable development.
Activities developed by 2eco include applied research, consultancy, studies, training and capacity building in environmental and sustainability assessment, socio-economic assessment, environmental policy instruments, valuation of ecosystem services, sustainable business strategies, environmental governance and planning, participation and decision support. It addresses horizontally all sustainability dimensions and main environmental issues, although with a particular focus in water management and biodiversity conservation.
Members of 2eco have been actively involved and coordinated the team from CENSE FFCT UNL in numerous EU and national research projects, such as ADVISOR (FP5) (coordinator); PIGS (LIFEENV); FRAP (FP6), PLEIADeS (FP6), CEECEC (FP7), GoverNat and THEMES (Marie Curie). Recent FP7 projects include: SIRIUS, PROSUITE, SCALES, RESPONDER POLICYMIX, OpenNESS and NETGREEN (FP7).
In addition, 2eco has also been involved in several studies and applied R&D projects in close connection with governmental, non-governmental and private organizations in the field of environmental policy and management, namely dealing with policy design and evaluation, and strategic environmental and sustainability assessment.