AgriFood Lithuania DIH Skaitmeninių Inovacijų Centras "AgriFood Lithuania"
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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)
SMART IT Cluster
Mokslininku st. 2A, 08412, Vilnius (Lithuania)
AgriFood Lithuania is a Digital Innovation Hub, operating on a not-for-profit basis, that brings together major research, business and public stakeholders in Lithuania for the common pursuit of digital transformations in the agriculture, food and associated sectors.
The strategic mission of AgriFood Lithuania DIH is to contribute towards achieving the vision outlined in the EU Declaration of ‘A smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’.
With over 20 public, science, education, industry and SME partners, the AgriFood Lithuania acts as coordinator and facilitator of digital-based technology solutions for agriculture and food industries. To this end, the DIH seeks to:
- Provide all-round support and specialized services in the research, development and deployment of AgriFood Tech innovations;
- Facilitate partnerships in collaborative development, technology transfer and industrial uptake of high-tech innovations;
- Link national innovation projects, startups and SMEs with wider international and cross-sector initiatives and competence networks;
- Contribute to and strengthen the national and European technological infrastructure.
“AgriFood Lithuania” yra pelno nesiekiantis Skaitmeninių Inovacijų centras, konsoliduojantis Lietuvos mokslinių tyrimų, verslo ir viešojo sektoriaus institucijų pastangas siekiant žemės ūkio, maisto ir jiems artimų pramonės sričių skaitmenizaciją.
Centro strateginė misija yra prisidėti realizuojant viziją, išdėstytą 2019 m. ES deklaracijoje „Už išmanią ir tvarią Europos žemės ūkio ir kaimo vietovių skaitmeninę ateitį“.
„AgriFood Lithuania“ jungia virš 20 viešojo, mokslo, švietimo, pramonės ir inovacijų vystymo partnerių. Centras atlieka koordinavimo ir bendradarbiavimo užtikrinimo funkcijas vystant skaitmeninius technologinius sprendimus žemės ūkio bei maisto pramonės srityse, ir siekia:
- Suteikti visapusę paramą ir specializuotas paslaugas žemės ūkio ir maisto technologinių inovacijų tyrimo, vystymo ir diegimo srityse;
- Palengvinti suinteresuotų grupių partnerystę vykdant bendrus aukštųjų technologijų tyrimus, technologijų perdavimą ir industrinį taikymą;
- Sujungti nacionalinius inovacijų projektus, startuolius ir įmones su platesnėmis tarptautinėmis ir tarpsektorinėmis iniciatyvomis bei kompetencijų centrais;
- Prisidėti prie nacionalinės ir europinės technologinės infrastruktūros stiprinimo.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
AgriFood Lithuania DIH is basing its strategic mission and activities according to the vision outlined in the EU Declaration of ‘A smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’. The Declaration supports digitalisation of agriculture and rural areas in Europe, and recognises the potential of digital technologies to help tackle important and urgent economic, social, climate and environmental challenges facing the EU's agri-food sector and rural areas. The Declaration was launched at Digital Day 2019 and signed by 25 EU countries.
Internationally, AgriFood Lithuania is joining the SmartAgriHubs project and organization consortium. SmartAgriHubs is a major EU project under the Horizon 2020 instrument that brings together a consortium of well over 164 partners in the European agri-food sector. The project aims to realise the digitisation of European agriculture by fostering an agricultural innovation ecosystem dedicated to excellence, sustainability and success. SmartAgriHubs employs a multi-stakeholder approach and covers a broad value-chain network across all EU member states. The consortium includes a diverse network of start-ups, SMEs, business and service providers, technology experts and end-users. The end-users form the core of the project and are the driving force behind digital transformation. The development and adoption of digital solutions is achieved by a tight ecosystem of 140 Digital Innovation Hubs embedded within 9 Regional Clusters, which are led by organisations that are closely involved in regional digitisation initiatives and funds.
Nationally, AgriFood Lithuania activities are aligned with ‘Pramonė 4.0’ (the Lithuanian national initiative for industry digitization) and the vision outlined in the ‘Lithuanian Industry Digitisation Roadmap 2019-2030’.
In additional, AgriFood Lithuania objectives align with the RIS3 strategies:
- To focus investment and create synergies;
- To improve the innovation process;
- To improve governance and to get stakeholders more closely involved;
- To develop and implement strategies for economic transformation;
- To respond to economic and societal challenges.
Market and Services
- Agriculture, hunting and forestry
- Transport, storage and communication
- Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
- Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
- Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
- Other Manufacturing
- TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
- 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
- TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Pre-competitive series production
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Voice of the customer, product consortia
- Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
- Education and skills development
Electronic nose for food freshness testing
Challenge: providing consumer-level solutions for easy-to-use food freshness testing methods.
Client profile: consumer-level product for household use by casual consumers
Solution: gas sensor technology R&D, commercialization and innovation for applications in the food industry. Introduction of the world’s first handheld consumer-level device for non-invasive determination of raw meat, poultry and fish freshness.
Innovation provider: ARS LabMore details: http://www.myfoodsniffer.com/
Food integrity with AI and Raman spectrometry
Challenge: food product and beverage integrity assessment at various supply chain stages.
Client profile: new service development for governmental import and food control authorities, food manufacturers and supply chain companies.
Solution: enabling widespread applications of Raman spectrometry in the food industry by applying Machine learning and AI analytical techniques for spectral data analysis. Enabling fast, non-invasive and on-site assessment of food and beverage quality, safety and authenticity.
Innovation provider: SpektrolabasMore details: https://www.stopfakefood.com/
3D LiDAR applications in forestry
Challenge: inefficient and inaccurate assessment of forest age and expected output, using conventional and time consuming on-the-ground measurement methods.
Client profile: early stage technology research for potential applications in forestry and agriculture industries.
Solution: methodology research for remote wood age, forest timber volume and potential output assessment using 3D LiDAR technologies and real-time scanning. Solution modelling for applications in agriculture and fruit farming.
Innovation provider: Raudonas mygtukasMore details: https://www.raudonasmygtukas.eu/
Hyperspectral imaging for precision agriculture
Challenge: rising market and environmental pressures for sustainable crop management and efficient farming resource use.
Client profile: large farms and agriculture companies, including Agrokoncernas Group – the largest agroindustry holding in the Baltic states.
Solution: applications of AI analytical techniques for hyperspectral image analysis of crop plants. Enabling remote plant nutritional state assessment and early stage disease recognition using aerial field scanning. Data integration with smart machinery for sustainable and efficient agrochemical use.
Innovation provider: ART21More details: https://hyper.agrosmart.lt/
Distributed algorithm processing infrastructure
Challenge: enabling and fostering implementation of new data processing algorithms in agriculture and food sectors.
Client profile: digital AgriFood startups and data analysis solution providers.
Solution: R&D of innovative cryptographic solutions for applications in AgriFood Tech. Implementation of distributed and decentralized data processing infrastructure that ensures accessibility and usability of advanced data processing algorithms while maintaining their privacy and ownership.
Innovation provider: ART21More details: https://www.art21.lt/projektai.html
Farm and grain management software
Challenge: increasing needs to digitize modern farm operations, efficiently manage processes, plan and track agrochemical use, automate report preparation.
Client profile: medium and large farms, including Tiskūnų AGRO – a major arable agriculture company in Lithuania.
Solution: specialized information and process management SaaS solutions for agriculture under the AgroSmart product family, ranging from GIS-based farm management and planning platforms for farmers, to integrated ERP systems for grain elevators and fertilizer retailers.
Innovation provider: AgrolabasMore details: https://www.agrosmart.lt/index_en.html
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- National basic research funding
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Private funding
- Partner resources
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- Start-up companies
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
- Large companies, multi-nationals
- Research organisations
Lithuanian Farmers’ Union
Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Chamber of Commerce
Lithuanian Business Confederation (ICC Lithuania)
Visoriai Information Technology Park
Networked, cluster organization
National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Economic development agency
National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute
Research & Technology organization
Vilnius University, Faculties of Mathematics and Informatics, Chemistry and Geosciences, and Physics
Vytautas Magnus University, Agriculture Academy
Nature Research Centre
Research & Technology organization
Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
Birštono mineraliniai vandenys
BENCO Baltic Engineering Company
Smart Food Cluster
Networked, cluster organization
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics
Research & Technology organization
- Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
- Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Software as a service and service architectures
- ICT management, logistics and business systems
- Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
Connecting the dots to unleash the innovation potential for digital transformation of the European agri-food sectorConnecting the dots to unleash the innovation potential for digital transformation of the European agri-food sector
SmartAgriHubs is dedicated to accelerate the digital transformation of the European agri-food sector. It will consolidate, activate and extend the current ecosystem by building a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) that will boost the uptake of digital solutions by the farming sector. This will be achieved by integrating technology and business support in a local one-stop-shop approach involving all regions and all relevant players in Europe. The heart of the project is formed by 28 flagship innovation experiments demonstrating digital innovations in agriculture, facilitated by DIHs from 9 Regional Clusters including all European member states. Concurrently, SmartAgriHubs will improve the maturity of innovation services of DIHs so that digital innovations will be replicated across Europe and widely adopted by European farmers. A lean multi-actor approach focusing on user acceptability, stakeholder engagement and sustainable business models will boost technology and market readiness levels and bring user adoption to the next level. This will be enhanced by synergetic effects between SmartAgriHubs and RIS3, since SmartAgriHubs will work in lock step with European regions to maximize the return of European investments, including regional structural funds and private capital. Open Calls with a total budget of ±6 M€ will expand the network and ensure that technological developments and emerging challenges of the agri-food sector are incorporated in the DIH service portfolio. SmartAgriHubs’ inclusive structure and ambitious targets will bring the entire European ecosystem together, connecting the dots to ensure global leadership for Europe in the AgTech market. The consortium, led by Wageningen Research and other partners of previous key projects such as IoF2020, FIWARE, S3P Agri-Food and I4MS, will leverage the existing ecosystem and guarantee a maximum ROI for European taxpayers and a vital agri-food sector producing adequate and safe food for future generations.