CNH Industrial, parent of the New Holland and Case IH agricultural equipment businesses, has announced its participation in Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020), a European consortium whose goal is to foster the large-scale adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the European farming and food value chain. The project, launched on January 1st 2017, emerges from the ‘Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)’ initiative, which was established by the European Commission and will run for the next four years.
IoF2020 brings together 71 partners from 16 countries and is coordinated by Wageningen University & Research Centre (the Netherlands). Aligned with the Horizon 2020 strategy, this 30 million euro project, co-funded by the European Union, has the objective of investigating the implementation and the use of IoT in European food and farming. The role of IoF2020 is to highlight the challenges facing the agricultural sector and to look for solutions which can facilitate its expansion.
To this end, the project will focus on 19 use cases throughout Europe and will seek to provide solutions for five agri-food areas – arable farming, dairy, meat, vegetables and fruits – by taking into account their specific requirements and challenges. The IoT technologies and their societal impact will be evaluated to better understand the value of their adoption.
CNH Industrial will lead a use case on interoperability, and area focusing on enabling agricultural machinery, independent of brand, to work as part of one unified agronomic production system, leading to operational efficiencies, with the ultimate aim of improving overall agricultural productivity.
“As agriculture is evolving from the optimisation of one single machine to an ecosystem of smart and connected vehicles communicating with each other, we have decided to take this technology revolution as an opportunity to provide a solution adapted to customers’ specific needs,” said Antonio Marzia, head of data analytics and services at CNH Industrial.
“The ability to provide value-added services focused on improving farm management and overall productivity will be pivotal for the future of agriculture. We have a dedicated team specialising in new technologies, which is strongly involved in different research projects to promote innovation and sustainability in agriculture throughout Europe.”
Meanwhile, CNH Industrial says it has completed its acquisition of the agricultural grass and soil machinery business of Kongskilde Industries, previously part of the Danish group Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab (DLG A.m.b.A.), following the announcement by the two parties on October 31 last year of an acquisition agreement.
The deal makes CNH Industrial the new owner of the former DLG business unit concerned with the development, manufacturing and sale of agricultural equipment for cultivation, crop establishment and forage production sold under various brands, including Kongskilde, Overum, Howard and JF. Two factories in Sweden and Poland are included in the deal. DLG remains owner of Kongskilde’s grain equipment business.Google+