The latest innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Analytics (including Big Data), are turning the activity within the food chain, making it more intelligent and approaching the concept of Smart Farming. The smart agriculture is already an unstoppable trend in the primary sector which has created a revolution using data as catalyst for change, available now in greater quantity, speed and reliability. A change that is starting to be palpable and bear fruit: better activity planning, optimization and resource consumption, environmental impact reduction, traceability, improved production yield, coordination between all actors of the supply chain, etc.
What are they and what are they for?
Digital Innovation Hub are ecosystems of SMEs, large companies, startups and business accelerators, researchers and investors. They aim to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved.
Why does Galicia need a Digital Innovation Hub?
Gradiant and Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), through Campus Terra, boosted in 2016 the creation of the digital innovation hub for Galician agri-food sector, a key initiative to encourage the future sustainability of the sector in our region.
The objectives of this joint initiative are focused on establishing a dynamic profitable open and responsive collaboration to achieve greater competitiveness for agri-food sector, expand business opportunities and export potential for technological providers, creating new opportunities for capitalization of already existing knowledge in research and innovation centers in Galicia.
To go one step further, it is necessary the different actors involved in the sector (producers, processors, machinery suppliers, engineering companies, knowledge centers and public administration) work together to make the most of opportunities and overcome barriers, such as the improvement of connection infrastructures or digital skills.
The Galician Digital Innovation Hub facilitates the confluence (on the demand side) of a productive and transforming sector opened to add technologies and innovative services adapted to their reality with (on the supply side) technological suppliers and services; and innovation centers, in order to generate solutions and improvements demanded by the sector.