With the launch of the 'Agritech Innovation Hub' project, TIM and Confagricoltura have signed an agreement aimed at developing smart agriculture in Italy.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by TIM CEO Luigi Gubitosi and the President of Confagricoltura Massimiliano Giansanti, intends to support agricultural entrepreneurs in the post-COVID economic, technological and social recovery, providing them with innovative solutions and platforms.
In particular, the agreement creates a close collaboration which will lead to the establishment of a Foundation involving institutions and partners of national standing interested in the implementation of innovative technologies in the world of agriculture. The work of the Foundation will be supported by an Advisory Hub, consisting of a consulting company in the sector and an Industrial Hub consisting of industrial companies, with the task of creating and proposing innovative, scalable and affordable offers and products for the entire network of agricultural entrepreneurs.
The Hub will be based on a specific service digitalisation and data management platform intended to create integrated offers, made-to-measure and immediately usable by agricultural entrepreneurs.
The agreement will give a strong boost to the digitisation of inland and rural areas to encourage the adoption of applications that make use of the potential of fibre and related services to support agri-food companies that produce, process and market essential goods and services.
The many smart agriculture applications, which will demonstrate their full potential with the spread of 5G and the Internet of Things, range from field sensors planted in the ground or installed on plants to continuously detect parameters, including soil humidity, acidity or temperature, to connected tractors capable of moving autonomously across fields to plough, sow or till the soil. Furthermore, in the wearable sector, collars and smart tags applied to livestock already allow for biometric parameters of the animals housed in the stables or raised outdoors to be collected on an ongoing basis. While drones, equipped with cameras, multispectral sensors and GPS geolocation systems, acquire useful data to obtain orthophotos, vigour indices and prescription maps that help to understand the health of crops and the quantity of seed, fertilizers and plant protection products to be distributed.
The agreement also provides for TIM, through the Operazione Risorgimento Digitale programme, set up together with primary partners to spread digital culture in the country, to organize seminars and professional training opportunities for Confagricoltura members to support them in learning about digitisation processes in the sector.
Rome, 18 September 2020