Validation and large-scale demonstration of technologies and novel services in near to real conditions (to reach TRL 6-7 and even 8) meets an important expectation from SMEs. Demonstrators should be set-up either jointly with stakeholders solicited in WP1 (typically large end-users or farms), or in the framework of RTD centres (partners or associated organizations to the project).
The main scope of the large-scale demonstrators is to make available a set of platforms and tools that allow SMEs to test the functionalities of the technological solutions they have developed while validating the soundness of the business model they could propose to possible customers. What could be a demonstrator? For agriculture applications, the demonstrator should offer for instance a set of fields and cultivated lands available in real conditions for experiments associated with a working environment including various sensors (weather stations, soil moisture, satellite imagery…) and a mobile and real-time data processing and management cloud infrastructure.
In this way, digital services suppliers, either stakeholders identified in WP1 or project partners, have the possibility to test in real conditions their prototypes and solutions dedicated to the collection, management and elaboration of data, in particular about precision farming and energy, water and inputs consumption. Each supplier will have the possibility to activate some services, according to the SMEs’ needs. The support of qualified personnel to assist as coachers the setting up of the large-scale demonstrators will be also included. Partners CRPV, INES TEC, TEAGASC, and GRNET specifically as e-infrastructure provider will typically set-up and offer this kind of service to activate it as a network of 5-10 demonstrators/country.
The objective of WP3 is to organise 2 “Calls for demonstrations” to select demonstration projects. Funding of up to 60 k€ will be allocated to each of the selected proposals. It is expected to find at least 15 value-chain types of projects.