Pilots

The SIEUSOIL prototypes will be demonstrated at commercial Pilot farms in representative regions in EU and China. This will be deployed, in a joint venture of the local multi-actor stakeholders, for different crops (e.g., wheat, corn, potato, sunflower, rape, tomato, onion, vegetables, vine, and fruit trees).

Pilots will be selected according to major crops grown in intensive production, that of major nutrient and water consumption (evaluated with Eurostat latest statistics), and to the most promising precursor applications and implementation conditions (e.g. test beds for key component developments).

The stakeholder component will be tuned to the specific agricultural challenge in the area. All elements of the SIEUSOIL prototypes will be factually (physically, electronically) brought together by 1) setup of local WebGIS configuration; 2) set-up of ground-based IoT for proximal sensors with two-way connection with central SIEUSOIL platform; 3) setup of earth observation (EO) images procurement and production line; 4) training of core users in WebGIS & use of proximal sensors; 5) joint definition of validation criteria & protocol; and 6) short “dry run” (2-4 weeks) of all deployed elements together for testing purposes.

The demonstration campaign will activate all SIEUSOIL elements in a given Pilot area. This includes generating all products for participatory evaluation and validation with users during one growing season. Normally, users will receive updates every 8-14 days. This implies procurement of EO images and product generation in a temporal sequence of 1-2 weeks in near-real-time mode (1-2 days after satellite overpass). EO-derived products are then uploaded/integrated in WebGIS, together with model- and ground-sensor-derived products. These products will be made available for consultation, visualization, and analysis by end users. Each time the core users receive updates from SIEUSOIL solutions, they record their routine decision-making and operations and the difference introduced by the SIEUSOIL solutions. At the end of the demonstration campaign, this constitutes their evaluation log.

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