Innovative farming game aims to transform business in the field

It is often difficult for farmers to test the potential impact of new technology products on their farm as it can take several months before crops show results, informed Euronews. 

Егемен Қазақстан
01.11.2018 896

It is often difficult for farmers to test the potential impact of new technology products on their farm as it can take several months before crops show results.

A “smart farming” game is trying to change that.

GATES, developed by Serbian company InoSens, aims to close this gap by providing an interactive simulation of new tech and tools on the market — applied to a specific farm’s needs.

Based in Novi Sad, in northern Serbia, InoSens focuses on innovation in the agriculture sector and the goal of its game, GATES, is to connect agri-food start-ups to their clients: the farmers.

“There is a disconnect between tech start-ups and the farming community”, Maja Žikić, business development manager at InoSens said.

“On the one hand, we have farmers who don't know how to use the products on the market specifically for their farms, or who don’t know how useful they can be for them.

"On the other hand, it’s difficult for the sellers to explain how product works and to evaluate the market,” she added.

GATES is one of nine projects nominated for the European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize 2018 in the Best Young SME category.

In the game, farmers create a tailored profile for their farm: the size of the land, the various crops and fruit, the farm’s systems of irrigation and fertilisation.

Then they pick the product they want to test (which the manufacturer has also entered into the simulation game), and observe how it applies to the farm’s need over one or two seasons.

The simulation shows how much money has been made and saved, as well as the farm’s use of fertiliser and water over that period of time.

Available online and on mobile, GATES is one year and three test versions in the making.

It is currently being tested in a pilot phase by 170 farmers in Spain, Serbia and Greece. More farmers will get to test it next year when a new version of the game is completed.

The project has cost a total of €1.2 million, including funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme of almost €1 million.

Europe is the first market targeted by InoSens - but longer term, the company is looking into offering the game in other big “agri-food” regions.

The European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize 2018 in the 'Best Young SME' category recognises small and medium enterprises (SME) established in 2011 or later, who have been developing great ideas with EU funding.

Multiwaves Technologies, Lumicks, Goedle.io, Spaziodati, Energica Motor, Innosyn, Sedona Systems and Pozyx are alongside GATES in this category.

You can vote online for the project of your choice and the results will be announced at the ICT 2018 event in Vienna in December.

LATEST

18.02.2019

Miguel Angel Lopez wins Tour Colombia 2.1

16.02.2019

Bakytzhan Sagintayev meets with Chairman of the Board of Eurasian Development Bank Andrey Beliyaninov

15.02.2019

Constitutional Council announces decision on Presidential appeal

15.02.2019

Kazakh President meets with winners and prize-winners of international sports competitions

15.02.2019

Southern Gas Corridor can transport gas from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, says SOCAR

15.02.2019

Astana’s Lopez comes in 4th in sprint at Tour Colombia 2.1. Stage 3

15.02.2019

Askar Mamin presented new first deputy akim of Turkestan region

15.02.2019

New deputy mayor of Astana appointed

15.02.2019

Effectiveness of measures to ensure social well-being considered at meeting of Government Working Group

14.02.2019

President signs decree on military discharge of conscript soldiers

14.02.2019

Bakytzhan Sagintayev holds a meeting of State Commission for Modernization of Economy

14.02.2019

Yeldos Ramazanov appointed vice minister of culture and sports

14.02.2019

Nurzhan Altayev dismissed as vice minister of labor and social protection of the population

14.02.2019

Kazakh President meets with the participants of the project "100 new faces of Kazakhstan"

14.02.2019

Bakytzhan Sagintayev holds a meeting on development of rural areas

13.02.2019

Kazakh President meets with akim of the city of Shymkent, Gabidulla Abdrakhimov

13.02.2019

Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with Deputy of the Majilis Bakhytbek Smagul

13.02.2019

Shakespearean debut to be made at Astana Opera

13.02.2019

Kazakh Ambassador meets Global BOD Group

13.02.2019

JICA ​shares in Astana its experience in official development assistance

COLUMNISTS

Aliya Ashim, Journalist

Brazil’s version of Trump: why is it a «wake-up call» for the world?

<p style="text-align: justify;">A racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, a pro-torturer. Because of the profane outbursts and verbal abuse, he has earned such an image and was even considered as a political clown. Once he insulted lawmaker claiming that she was too ugly to be worth of raping. What is more, he said that he’d rather have a dead son than a gay one. Therefore, analysts concluded that Brazil has elected the most extremist president among democratic countries. So why did Brazil decide to make «really radical shift»? How did such an «extreme» and «unpleasant» figure become a president?<br /> </p>

Jylkybay Jagyparuly,

Mechanical engineering is a potential pillar of the economy

In industrialized countries, one of the most important indicators of the economy is the level of development of the machine-building industry. Independent Kazakhstan, striving to achieve ambitious goals, is making great efforts to develop machine building in the process of diversifying its economy.

Alisultan Kulanbay,

June 4 - Day of State Symbols of Kazakhstan

State symbols - the State Flag, State Anthem and State Emblem demonstrate to the world the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, also continuity between the past, the present and the future of the state.

Ainash ESALI,

Is it all good that they advertise?

Advertising is the driving force of production and business. This is an indisputable fact.

Nazira RAKHMANKYZY, Film critic

Splash of commercial films in Kazakhstan

Last year, the number of feature films which filmed reached thirty-six in Kazakhstan. We should say that it is an unprecedented figure in the history of Kazakh cinema in the last quarter century.

Comments(0)

ADD A COMMENT