IoT Prototyping in Agriculture

GE OWNER: University of Ljubljana, 4P DIH
GE Associated region: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, 4th call for tenders for sub-measure 16.5: Support for joint action to mitigate or adapt to climate change and for joint approaches to environmental projects and ongoing environmental practices, SMART AGRO GRAPE project, Obalno-kraška & Podravska region


  1. Smart agricultural IoT and AI supported platform developed by UL to correspond to needs of viticulture and vinification value-chain subjects.
  2. Common specifications defined with the group of selected SMES / Midcaps 
  3. Group of selected companies from Europe and Slovenia (SMART AGRO GRAPE project) 
  4. All selected companies will be invited to an interview with UL Expert to explain their needs and use case 

TECHNICAL FOCUS: IoT devices & data management platform

The basic objective of the project is to establish an innovative know-how, which, with joint efforts, experience and knowledge from relevant stakeholders, will address the challenge of technologically, economically and environmentally efficient approaches, technologies and practices in optimizing vineyard management within the concept of “smart vineyards”.  

UL GE technical programme will be constructed around three technological pillars that will be addressed by the GE community. 

  1. Smart Agriculture:
    • small-scale pilots, focus on vineyards 
    • monitoring, remote control and analysis (e.g. dashboards and alerts)
  2. Data collection:
    • support predictive modelling design (for e.g. soil supplements, water supply optimisation) and  
    • data sharing for direct commercial purposes (e.g. days in the sun or above average for yearly harvest on printed wine labels)
  3. Sensors:
    • Commercially available sensors: air temperature/humidity/pressure, rainfall, wind speed/direction, UV radiation, soil temperature/humidity/conductivity/oxygen meter, leaf wetness.
    • Nearby sensors (battery powered) connect (via U/NB) to central controller. More controllers (via LoRaWAN) connect to gateway (Internet) that emit the data to services.
    • Potential expanse with wine barrels monitoring.

Additionally, UL GE will address other non-technical aspects thru the use of SEROI+ (socio-economic and environmental return on investment) methodology, specifically:

  • Goals and objectives definition within end-user groups 
  • Relevant stakeholders in identification and management  
  • Co-design and co-development of new products and services that correspond to end-users (vineyards) and consumer’s needs. 
  • Identification of indicators and expected impacts 


  • Looking for new solutions for better managing the vineyards with technological means. 
  • Willing to learn about the possibilities of IoT in agriculture. 
  • Willing to share the know-how and requirements in your area of expertise or business. 
  • Vineyard or wine producing SME. 
  • Other kind of SME active in the wine producing value-chain. 
  • Representative of group or cooperative of vineyards or agricultural farms. 
  • Agriculture or environment consulting institution. 
  • An IoT solutions provider and looking for new opportunities and markets to address. 
  • Willing to sign the Standard Generic Experiment Agreement.
  • Not already part of another DigiFed GE community

Digifed can support up to 16 companies in the GE UL IoT in Agriculture community with a target of 50% of farm businesses established in Slovenia (Obalno-kraška & Podravska region).  

Call Information & Related Documents  

  • Call opening: 31 March 2021 
  • Call deadline ended: 31 May 2021, 17:00 (CET)  
  • Results: June 2021 
  • GE Implementation startJune 2021 

The Standard Generic Experiment Agreement is here: LINK




  • Applicants shall be pan-European (EU member states or H2020 associated countries, including the UK) organisations residing in an EU Member State (including their overseas departments) or in one of the EU Associated Countries*.  
  • Applicants engage to sign the Standard Generic Experiment Agreement and to share their feedback on the GE technical results and on the GE community organisation. 
  • Applicants are small/medium (startups and SMEs) organisations residing in an EU Member State (including their overseas departments) or in one of the EU Associated Countries *.  
  • Further requirements on the European Commission’s SME definition can be found at:  
  • A legal entity will be considered a mid-cap (250-3,000 employees) if it complies with the European Commission’s and the European Investment Bank definition at:   
  • Applicants from Slovenia which can be defined as an SMEs, including farm cooperatives, agriculture-oriented businesses, farms and other types of business subjects are eligible for participation in accordance to the European Commission’s and the European Investment Bank definition at: 
  • At least 50% of participants will be farm cooperatives, agriculture-oriented businesses, farms and other similar types of businesses, coming from pilot area of Obalno-kraška or Podravska region, indiscriminately if part of SMART AGRO GRAPE consortium or not.

* UK companies remain eligible for grants and procurement procedures as if the UK was a member state for the entirety of the Horizon 2020 framework programme and previous framework programmes. This also applies to financial support to third parties according to Article 204 FR (cascading grants) and applies for the duration of H2020 projects.