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Coordinator (Regional government)
SAXON STATE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE
Archivstraße 1, 01097 Dresden, 01067, Dresden (Germany)
Under the umbrella of the simul + InnovationHub (SIH), research institutions, companies and administrations are jointly implementing outstanding innovation projects in the fields of rural areas, the environment, agriculture, forestry and the food industry. The simul + InnovationHub (SIH) is non-profit initiative founded by the SAXON STATE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE.
With the simul + InnovationHub new products, processes and technologies in the five subject areas
- Experimental field 5G in agriculture and forestry
- Smart farming and forestry technology
- Environmental technologies and sustainability
- Nature and climate protection and
- Digital villages and smart rural areas
EXPERIMENTAL FIELD 5G IN AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
A digital "experimental field 5G in agriculture and forestry" will be created for the upcom-ing 5G cellular standard. Here, new robot technologies and real-time processes, as well as high transmission rates and connectivity for large numbers of users (machines, sensors, Internet of Things), can be developed and tested.
SMART FARMING AND FORESTRY TECHNOLOGY
Within the scope of "Smart farming and forestry technology", we want to develop the field swarm project and intelligent robots ready for practical application. One goal is the further development of an electrically driven plantation robot having environment recognition, navigation and path planning features as well as a capability of autonomously performing various operations in vineyards and orchards. At the same time, this will enhance the agri-cultural machinery manufacturing sector in Saxony.
ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABILITY
In terms of “Environmental technologies and sustainability”, we are facing up to the chal-lenges of soil, water and climate protection. New circular economy technologies will con-tribute to a more efficient use of resources to support sustainable and environmentally friendly management practices in Saxony.
NATURE CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE PROTECTION
Improved fertiliser consulting models are planned to help protect water bodies and avoid greenhouse gas emissions. Another goal within the scope of "nature conservation and cli-mate protection" is to investigate the impacts of climate change to develop adapted sus-tainable land use concepts.
DIGITAL VILLAGES AND SMART RURAL REGIONS
The 5G experimental field is used not only for agriculture and forestry, but also allows new digital applications in rural areas to be tested. The proposed services can be useful to open up further potentials for value creation in rural areas and increase the attractiveness of rural regions for people of all age groups. The goal is to develop and establish such digital services and offers at a pilot scale within the scope of "Digital villages and smart rural regions”.
The simul + InnovationHub (SIH) helps agricultural SMEs in Saxony to promote the digitalisation process successfully. The SIH implements mobile communication units, supports the development of requirements for networking in fruit growing as a permanent culture and the implementation of "fruit robots". A mobile communication unit will support the development of the requirements for networking in viticulture as a permanent culture and with steep slopes at the wine growing estates. Implementation of data hubs in animal husbandry and plant growing will increase added value in agricultural SMEs in Saxony.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
The simul+Innovation Hub (SIH) itself is regional initiative which was established by the SAXON STATE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE in 2018.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) promotes digital experimental fields on farms and in rural areas. Among other things, it will provide 15 million euros in 2019. Another 45 million euros are to follow until 2022. The aim is to use digital test fields to find out how digitization can look concrete on the ground.
In order to make better use of the benefits for society, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has developed the program for the future of digital policy agriculture. This shows the associated measures and plans of the BMEL and has the goal of specifically supporting the further development of digitization. The first two experimental fields start in September 2019 ("Express" of the University of Leipzig and "Landnetz" of the TU Dresden), both part of the simul+Innovation Hub (SIH).
The simul+Innovation Hub (SIH) is part of the Innovation Strategy of the Free State of Saxony (Innovationsstratgie Sachsen). The regional innovation strategy for smart specialisation is implemented in the regional innovation strategy of Saxony. The innovation strategy rests on two pillars. The first pillar stands for the smart specialization. The second pillar - intelligent diversification - underlines the importance of industry and industry openness to technology. A promising approach to implement the "Smart Specialization" in concrete projects provides cooperation between companies, research institutions and other partners in innovation clusters, networks and co-creation processes.
Market and Services
- Agriculture, hunting and forestry
- Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
- Manufacture of wood and wood products
- Other Manufacturing
- Other markets
- TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
- TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Commercial infrastructure
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Client profile: Agricultural machinery industry
Client need: Manufacturer strives to improve service regarding maintenance and repair to reduce its service cost as well as the machine downtime for the farmer
Provided solution: Provision of private local area-wide mobile broadband network coverage enables manufacturer to demonstrate and apply augmented and virtual reality servicesMore details: https://www.smul.sachsen.de/smart-farming-and-forestry-technology-26851.html
Data hub based exchange of information
Client profile: Farmer with a plurality of machines and software tools of different providers
Client need: Planning and execution of all operations across system boundaries and seamless documentation in one system (FMIS, farm management information system), whereas the farmer needs full control over the data flow
Provided solution: Implementation of data hubs as interface between all the systems used by the farmer to exchange data and ensure the farmer’s data sovereigntyMore details: https://www.smul.sachsen.de/experimental-field-5g-in-agriculture-and-forestry-26852.html
“Digital villages” platform
Introduction of the “Digital villages” platform with all basic modules in the Lommatzsch region, adaptation to the condi-tions in Saxony and logical expansion. Project content
- Analysis of requirements for the Living Lab concept in the region and design of pilot applications in workshops with cit-izens
- Introduction of the solutions DorfNews (village news) and DorfFunk (village ra-dio) in the region, expansion to include the aspects nursery/school, digital citi-zen’s advice bureau and local recreation
- Introduction of the BestellBar and LieferBar with add-on options for aspects of regional local recreation and incorporation of the digital trading platform
- Evaluation of the solutions, definition of improvement measures and recommen-dations for action as well as dissemina-tion to the general public and other re-gions
Number of employees
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
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
5G Lab Germany (TU Dresden)
Agricultural systems and technology (TU Dresden)
Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI
Research & Technology organization
Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering IESE
Research & Technology organization
Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie
Institut f. Wirtschaftsinformatik (Uni Leipzig)
Agrarunternehmen Lommatzscher Pflege e.G.
John Deere Walldorf GmbH & Co. KG
- Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)