18/02/2014-Mission for growth in Wallonia

Last 18th February, the project manger of FEMAC, Miss Elisabeth Molina attended to the Mission of Growth organized in la Louvière, Belgium were some experts of the European Comission exposed the last instruments launched for the improvement of clusters and companies competitiveness trough H2020 Program and COSME Program.

Mr. Jaques Gobert, Mayor of the city of la Louvière, Mr. Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Antonio Tajani Vice president of the European Comission responsible for Industry and Entepreneurship and Mr. Daniel Calleja, Director General of the DG Enterprise and Industry form the European Comission, were the authorities speaking in the conference.

In the afternoon, B2B, C2C and C2B meetings were held, where all the companies and clusters could exchange their offers and technology requests, in order to find future collaborations under this European programs.

We had the chance to met Mr. Akuma Saningong, one of the partners in our NATUREEF consortium.

digitalization workshop


Workshop  on artificial intelligence in the wine sector


Last 19th we held the Digitization Day in the wine sector together with the INNOVI Cluster.

The aim was to introduce in the sector how digital technologies can help us in decision making to improve the competitiveness of companies. In the first intervention, Carles Gómara from ACCIÓ introduced us to different examples of using Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence (IA) or 5G Connectivity.

In this sense he said that AI is a tool used to manage the huge amount of data that can already be captured from sensors, cameras or other means and of which we often do not know what use to give it. .

Jesus Cerquides of the CSIC explained how AI can help us in the value chain with different examples such as robotization in viticulture, big data in the decision-making in the cellar and different apps that help in the purchase of product.

Xavier Jofre of Mobile World Capital Barcelona began his presentation by exposing the potential of 5G: low latency-reaction time, high download speeds and the possibility of mass connection of devices. Thanks to these capabilities he showed us different examples, such as the assisted pruning of a nectarine field with a 5G connected robot in Albatárrec; remote machinery teleoperation or immersive tourism that could be applicable to wine tourism.

In the case of assisted pruning, he showed us that using smart glasses connected to a consultant can lead to significant cost savings. This technology could have other applications, such as in the field of machinery-assisted repair by the grower himself, with remote assistance of an expert mechanic.

The last three interventions were by members of the cluster.

The BeBrand and Covides told us about a low-cost sensing project for existing bottling lines to manage raw material stock and line speeds.

Facial recognition for managing people in the field was the project explained by Raw Data. The advantages of this system are ease of use and interconnection with other existing systems and tools.

Finally, AgroMappin presented different projects in which remote sensing plays a key role: both in predicting harvests and in managing the application of plant protection and fertilization.