With the founding of the simul+ future initiative two years ago, Saxony's State Minister for the Environment and Agriculture Thomas Schmidt initiated a development that supports innovations in the field of agriculture and forestry and is the basis for today's simul+ InnovationHub. The central idea of this is successful initiative to transfer new technologies into practical use in rural areas through future-oriented projects and to focus the expertise of diverse partners is a key component of the InnovationHub, which was officially launched on December 6, 2018.
Almost 100 guests accepted the invitation to Dresden's Kraftwerk Mitte and followed the talks held by high-profile speakers from science, economy and politics.
The overall project consists mainly of five key topics:
- 5G experimentation field in agriculture and forestry
- Smart Farming und forestry technology
- Environmental technologies and sustainability
- Protection of nature and climate
- Digital villages and smart rural areas
The Fraunhofer IVI is able to contribute considerable expertise and experience gained both in the past and in current projects. The recently launched »Cognitive Agriculture« (COGNAC) Fraunhofer lighthouse project also addresses several of the abovementioned topics.
In addition, first foundations for a field swarm technology had already been laid several years ago. This technology is meant to replace heavy agricultural machinery and was developed under significant participation of the Fraunhofer IVI. Within the Feldschwarm® growth core funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF, Fraunhofer and the TU Dresden work together with regional partners and global player John Deere in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.