A Farmer's Journey of Agriculture 4.0

Agriculture faces many challenges: Climate change and increasing extreme weather, dependencies on the world market, increasing administrative burdens, a highly regulated working environment, a shortage of skilled workers, structural change in agriculture, tighter economic constraints and, last but not least, the acceptance and willingness to pay of each individual consumer when buying our food. So the question is: How do we manage to take farms by the hand and enable them to enter digital agriculture? How do we enable digitisation on a broad basis? What steps should farms take, and in what order, to digitise their own operations?


Where others stop, we just start. With our ekipa innovation formats, we bring together a variety of players from industry, research and the start-up world to develop unique solutions to the biggest problems. As an intermediary, we bring the players together and manage the entire innovation process.
interdisciplinary teams
market-ready innovations
After completion
Joint Implementation and Acceleration Programme

Final Team

The interdisciplinary team of three from the fields of embedded connectivity and IoT, strategy and technology consulting as well as digitalisation and Industry 4.0 developed an open IoT platform for data-based decisions and the automation of work processes in agriculture.
Smartsoil is a universal digital platform for agriculture. Here, winegrowers can book digital services from third-party providers. Open interfaces enable simple, comprehensive data exchange with various sources and applications. Smartsoil thus makes a decisive contribution to accelerating networked digital agriculture. Providers of digital services benefit from the extensive database (weather data, field index, data from soil sensors, etc.) to increase the added value of their solutions. They do not have to offer a complete system to be attractive to customers, but can concentrate on their respective strengths (e.g. development of an IoT sensor). For the users, the danger of a lock-in is lower, as the data is stored centrally and independent of the manufacturer. Central administration of the services also reduces complexity, for example through central billing.

Here you get an overview of the entire results of the first edition

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