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Smart Farming Smart Farming (voorheen Smart Dairy Farming)

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)


Coordinator website

Year Established



Anna van Buerenplein 1, 2595 DA, Den Haag (Netherlands)


Social Media

Contact information

Evert van den Akker

Contact information

Kees Lokhorst



Initiative to ensure flexible, reliable and authorised data exchange of farmers data in the sector. Initiated in the dairy sector. At the moment in the Agrifood domain (ao airable, horticulture)



Initiatief om flexibele, betrouwbare en geautoriseerde overdracht van boerendata te garanderen. Geinitieerd door een samenwerkingsverband van onder andere de drie grote cooperaties, 7 melkveehouders , Wageningen Livestock Research en TNO.  Momenteel uitgebreid in de Agrifood sector (oa akkerbouw en glastuinbouw).

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Dutch national initiative for digitising industry, Smart Industry - Dutch Industry fit for the Future.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development
  • Awareness creation

Service Examples

need: organise data property farmer
service: authorisation dashboard (in development)
digitation: direct involvement guarantees data flow
customers: farmers and advisors

need: automatic detailed transactions needed in accountancy
service: EDI Circle, 100 corporates using detailed information provided by farmers suppliers
digitation: development of new tools, like monthly farm review
customers: dee

need: get insight in total mineral cycle of individual farm
service: kringloopwijzer, linking info feed->meat&milk>-manure->growth of feed
digitation: incentive to digitize missing links, f.i. feed stock measurement
customers: farmers, processors and suppliers


Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

In preparation

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • National basic research funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations


Wageningen Livestock Research

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization





Partner Type

Large enterprise

Friesland Campina

Technological competences

  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
Last updated: 12/12/18 06:52