FarmSustainaBl

Project title: Enabling Smart Livestock Farming Technologies for Environmental Sustainability using Blockchain Acronym: FarmSustainaBl Project’s identification number: 119 ⁄ 2019 Project leader: Ec.Dr.Ing. George SUCIU (BEIA Consult International) Project financed by UEFISCDI through the European and International Cooperation Program
Phase 1 – Requirements analysis – Research report on functional and non-functional requirements. 31/12/2019 Act 1.1 – Requirements analysis – A2(A) Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Phase 2 – State of the art and use cases – Research report on the current state of knowledge and use cases – 30/06/2020 Act 2.1 – State of the art – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Act 2.2 – Use cases and business cases – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Phase 3 – Architectures, methods and tools – Research report on architecture, functional specifications and tools needed for data analysis – 31/12/2020 Act 3.1 – Defining the architecture and functional specifications – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or with the dissemination of results Act 3.2 – Methods and tools for data analysis in precision agriculture – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Phase 4 – Defining the platform – Research report on protocols, blockchain architecture and integration environment 30/06/2021 Act 4.1 – Protocols for data transmission from sensors – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Act 4.2 – Definition of the blockchain system architecture – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Act 4.3 – Initialization of the environment of continuous integration – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or with the dissemination of results Phase 5 – Evaluation and validation – Test and validation report of the components – 31/12/2021 Act 5.1 – Defining the validation of evaluation criteria – A2 (A) – Industrial research in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Act 5.2 – Testing and evaluation of system components – A3 (A) – Experimental development in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Phase 6 – Integration, piloting and dissemination – Report on system integration and piloting, and dissemination of project results – 30/09/2022 Act 6.1 – System integration – A3 (A) – Experimental development in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Act 6.2 – System piloting – A3 (A) – Experimental development in effective collaboration or dissemination of results Act 6.3 – Dissemination – D – Support activities (Dissemination; Participation in technical-scientific events; Participation in courses; Organization of courses; Working visits) Act 6.4 – Patent – B1 – Innovation activities – patent protection
The main objective of the project is to apply a holistic approach for decreasing the GHG emissions derived from intensive livestock farming by optimizing the livestock production. For doing this, the consortium will monitor the animal feed, the animal behaviour and characteristics and the stable environment. Specifically, IoT devices will be installed in the farm for monitoring key parameters of I) the stable environment (temperature, humidity, gas sensors (NOx, COx, CH4, NH3, etc.), II) the animal (accelerometer, motion sensor, weight sensor, etc.) and III) the feed (flow sensor, weight sensor, humidity sensor etc.). A web based platform will be developed that will collect and analyse all the aforementioned data for providing recommendations to the livestock farming stakeholders (farmers, consultants etc) in order to take management decisions for reducing GHG emissions. In addition, BlockChain Technology (BCT) will be used in the platform for developing different features such as data protection, data privacy, data sharing, traceability and smart contracts among the livestock farming stakeholders. Specifically, the smart contracts feature of the platform will help livestock farming stakeholders to have contracts with better prices due to decreased GHG emissions.

Dissemination activities:

  • Knowledge4Innovation Forum –  3-5 February 2020 at the European Parliament in Brussels;
  • Debate on air quality monitoring networks in Romania – 13th February 2020 at the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests in Bucharest;
  • CCW – 2-5 March in Berlin, Germany;
  • HorizonEU event –  3rd March 2020 in Bucharest, Romania;
  • Civic Labs – 3rd March 2020 in Bucharest, Romania;
  • Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests Meeting – March 10, 2020 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests.
 

Papers:

2020
  • P. Niloofar, D. P. Francis, S. Lazarova-Molnar, A. Vulpe, G. Suciu, M. Balanescu, Modeling and Simulation For Decision Support In Precision Livestock Farming, paper accepted at the Winter Simulation Conference on 13-16 December in Orlando, Florida, USA.
  • M. Balanescu, A. Badicu, G. Suciu, A. Vulpe, C. Poenaru, A. Pasat, Decision support platform for intelligent and sustainable farming, to be evaluated for the IEEE 26th International Symposium for Design and Technology in Electronic Packaging (SIITME), 21-24 October 2020.
  • M. Dobrea, A. Bădicu, M. Barbu, O. Șubea, M. Bălănescu, G. Suciu, C. Dobre, A. Bîrdici, O. Orza, Machine Learning algorithms for air pollutants forecasting, to be evaluated for the IEEE 26th International Symposium for Design and Technology in Electronic Packaging (SIITME), 21-24 October 2020.

The total value of the contract: 658.861,00 lei / 139.000,00 Euro Project start date: 01/10/2019 Project end date: 30/09/2022 Duration: 36 luni Consortium:
  1. Agricultural and Environmental Solutions – AGENSO – Greece (Coordinator)
  2. BEAM INNOVATION – BEAM – Romania
  3. University of Southern Denmark – SDU – Denmark
  4. BEIA Consult International – BEIA – Romania
  5. Agricultural University of Athens – AUA – Greece