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From 20 to 22 June, the Trade Fair and Congress Center of Málaga (Spain) hosted the 2018 edition of the Smart Agrifood Summit, which focused on the current agrotechnological challenges. Some of the main topics discussed included the robotization of the field, the use of sensors for the control of agriculture through BigData and the solutions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of products and systems in Europe.

Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit has been organized by the European Foundation for Innovation (INTEC) and Fycma (Fair of Málaga), with the collaboration of the Social Council of the University of Córdoba (UCO), the Chair of Entrepreneurship of Banco Santander and the company Galpagro (ES).

During these days, the importance of the new constellations of satellites (Sentinel) launched by the European Union for the monitoring of agriculture, cloud computing and low-cost sensors located in the field or in industrial processes, has been discussed. Other topics that have been talked over were the use of the Internet of Things, the use of BigData in the quick analysis of large volumes of diverse information, Blockchain technology applied to a sector where traceability and food safety are essential or the ‘machine learning’ and artificial intelligence as important elements for a correct decision-making that will drive the sector in the coming years.

The Smart Agrifood Summit 2018 has brought together representatives of 19 different countries: 350 companies, 46 entities, 30 exhibiting companies, 100 speakers, 200 entities in networking sessions and 1,000 professional meetings, in which entrepreneurial projects unveiled that promote the use of technology to increase added value of the supply of agri-food products.

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