The consortium has its roots in the EU FIWARE program with projects such as SmartAgriFood, Flspace, Flnish and Fractals, which were and are very successful in targeting the agri-food sector with Future Internet (FI) applications. Through this portfolio of R&D and accelerator projects, a strong and coherent ecosystem was developed over the years. For IoF2020, the leading partners of the FIWARE agri-food projects leveraged this installed ecosystem to bring the agri-food sector to the next level: a large-scale IoT pilot.
To that end, the existing ecosystem was upgraded by bringing in new complementary partners, in particular end-users and their representative organizations such as CopaCogeca, CEMA, IFOAM EU in order to ensure user acceptability and large-scale take-up.
Also a substantial number of farmers are involved as end users and test beds through cooperatives such as Spanish Co-ops, ZLTO, DCOOP, Pegasus, NILEAS and Coexphal. The technologic base of the ecosystem was extended by large IoT suppliers such as NXP Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics, Philips and large Telecom and ICT providers such as Orange and KPN in order to cover the whole IoT value chain and maximise the project's impact and sustainability. The IoF2020 consortium represents 70+ partners from 14 EU countries.