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Co-development of applications for smart farming using 5G connections




A Dutch telecom company with a 5G network for SME customers is interested in co-development and supporting new smart farming applications with the use of 5G technology. The company is looking for open innovation cooperation in offering solutions. Companies specialised in sensoring/IoT, data engineering, artificial intelligence, augmented reality/mixed reality, visual inspection or robotics are sought for a technical cooperation agreement or a commercial agreement with technical assistance.


This Dutch telecom company has a national 5G network. The company is interested in co-development and support of products, applications or other solutions for smart farming for SME customers in the agriculture that could benefit of these 5G network. With the aim that farmers can benefit from this network for their sustainable precision-agriculture or horticulture.
The advantages of real time high capacity, low latency information processing and decision making on a central computer for smart farming are big:
Measurements: Farmers increasingly demand real time sensoring solutions for Smart Agri to improve knowledge of the crop or land.
Visual inspection for Smart Agri results in reducing diseases, improves yield and leads to cost reduction. Real time information interpretation of computer vision and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in precision agriculture solutions make optimizing possible.
Navigation and positioning within greenhouses help to assist workers and or machines to work effectively.
This all comes together within automation and robotics with the ultimate goal to make greenhouses and agriculture in general wirelessly connected thus moving forward to autonomous operations.
The company focusses on the benefits of 5G like real time (decision making) and low latency aspects; for crucial applications where there is no time to waste for the farmer. As 5G mimics the reliability of a wire, but has the plug & play of a Simcard.
The company would like to cooperate with partners with proven solutions, paying SME customers and with the knowhow of this ecosystem, to distribute the information required in order to increase the relevancy of 5G and boost the smart agriculture in the Netherlands.
With the cooperation partner the company will explore possibilities to co-create, resell or other alternatives, creating win-win situations. The company aims for a scalable solution to be sold in big quantities in the agriculture in the Netherlands.
With a successful match the company can assist the SME partner to further scale-up their solution with our network partners.
Cooperation based on a technical operation agreement or a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from the 31st of August until 5th of October. If an organisation does express interest in cooperation with this firm before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch with the company experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the SME's that will be invited for further contact to discuss cooperation possibilities aimed at the development of a solution . Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: For finding creative 5G / smart farming solutions the company is looking for the following disciplines:
Sensoring / IoT (track & trace)
Data engineering
Artificial Intelligence
Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality
Visual inspection
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Developers of smart farming applications interested in marketing and start-up support.

Role of partner sought within a technical cooperation agreement: Co-development of a new smartfarming application.

Role of partner sought within a commercial agreement with technical assistence: Commercial cooperation in the introduction and application of new smart farming applications using 5G with technical and marketing support by 5G supplier

Development Stage:

Concept stage - The company would expect a proven technology and paying SME customers.


Other - Since this technology request is an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform all types of IPR Status can be considered.

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Communications & Networking \ Agriculture \ Software \ Internet and Wireless Technologies (Wireless, WiFi, Bluetooth) \ TechUK Single Mapping, August 2014
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