MITTIC: innovative solutions based on ICT tools for agriculture, ranching, agri-food and forestry
In order to incorporate technological innovation into the traditional economic sectors of Spain’s Extremadura region and Portugal’s Centro and Alentejo regions, the MITTIC project developed and implemented a number of innovative proposals and tools. As a result, it successfully updated the regions’ traditional productive sectors by increasing ICT capabilities, applying new business models, improving knowledge management and optimising resources.
" The sustainability of the results obtained by MITTIC is guaranteed given that the project transferred its achievements to relevant business sectors via trainings, demonstrations and a range of events – and all of the project’s results remain available to any company willing to implement them. "
With economies heavily dependent on agriculture, forestry, ranching and agri-food businesses, Spain’s Extremadura region and Portugal’s Centro and Alentejo regions were hit particularly hard by the economic crisis of 2008. In the years since, the regions have seen low levels of economic development and high levels of unemployment.
To overcome these challenges, the MITTIC project took a long-term approach aimed at transforming these traditional economic sectors into larger, more competitive companies by investing in research, innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer and the use of ICT.
As a core focus of the project was to incorporate technological innovation into the regions’ traditional economic sectors, MITTIC developed and implemented a number of innovative proposals and tools. Whether these tools and strategies were for such specific pastureland products as acorns, meat and cork or for the more general sectors of oil and fruits and vegetables, each aimed to provide solutions that could be easily used by farmers and local businesses. With these tools in hand, the user could optimise their production processes, improve product marketing and enhance customer service.
For example, one solution involved the use of open source software applications based on QR code technology specifically designed for the fruit, cork and natural stone industries. By including a QR code on these products, users can gain valuable insight by tracing their products from origin to final purchase by a consumer.
Furthermore, consumers benefit from having access to information on a product’s origin and quality. Other examples of MITTIC developed solutions include a software program designed to help hospitals better manage breast milk banks, a web-based knowledge platform to facilitate information on the use of biomass as an alternative energy source, the use of near infrared radiation technology in the agri-food sector, precision animal feeding and intelligent packaging systems.
An on-going impact
By the end of the project, MITTIC had developed 10 joint technological products, six open source software ICT tools for traceability and forecasting and virtual training platforms for such actions as conducting minimally invasive surgery. After the end of the project, its benefits continue to have an impact. With many of its actions and solutions having been transferred to local companies, today entrepreneurs, farmers and SMEs across the regions are using MITTIC provided knowledge and technologies to transform traditional sectors into innovative leaders.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “MITTIC: Modernization and Technological Innovation Based On ICT in Strategic and Traditional Sectors” is EUR 1 609 581, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 1 207 185 through the “Spain – Portugal” Operational Programme for the 2007 – 2013 programming period.
FundEuropean Regional Development Fund
Operational programmesOperational Programme 'Spain - Portugal'
Project duration05/2013 - 06/2015
Total InvestmentEUR 1 521 964
EU InvestmentEUR 1 141 473