Building an interoperable space for smart agriculture

Ioanna Roussaki, Kevin Doolin, Antonio Skarmeta, George Routis, Juan Antonio Lopez-Morales, Ethel Claffey, Manuel Mora, Juan Antonio Martinez

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The digital transformation in agriculture introduces new challenges in terms of data, knowledge and technology adoption due to critical interoperability issues, and also challenges regarding the identification of the most suitable data sources to be exploited and the information models that must be used. DEMETER (Building an Interoperable, Data-Driven, Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector) addresses these challenges by providing an overarching solution that integrates various heterogeneous hardware and software resources (e.g., devices, networks, platforms) and enables the seamless sharing of data and knowledge throughout the agri-food chain. This paper introduces the main concepts of DEMETER and its reference architecture to address the data sharing and interoperability needs of farmers, which is validated via two rounds of 20 large-scale pilots along the DEMETER lifecycle. This paper elaborates on the two pilots carried out in region of Murcia in Spain, which target the arable crops sector and demonstrate the benefits of the deployed DEMETER reference architecture.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDigital Communications and Networks
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2022


  • Agricultural information model (AIM)
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Interoperability
  • Pilot validation
  • Reference architecture
  • Smart agriculture


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