Satellite images and sensors to achieve a more sustainable rice harvest

The SAMA task force just started a project applies the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and satellite imagery for more sustainable rice cultivation.

The University of Seville, Emergya Group, The Federation of Rice Growers of Seville (FAS) and the CTA (Technological Society of Andalusia) are the members of the consortium that will develop the project, as detailed by the CTA in a note.

An ‘agromonitoring’ platform

The consortium of the SAMA operating group received for this project More than 255,000 euros in funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Junta de Andalucía, borne by the funds for the creation and functioning of the Operational Groups of the European Association for Innovation (AEI) within the Andalusian Rural Development Program 2014-2020.

The Andalusian Rice Monitoring Service (SAMA) aims at develop an ‘agromonitoring’ platform based on Fiware technology (European IoT standard), through the Fiwoo platform, on which all the components and modules to be developed in this project will be built and through IoT technology, Artificial Intelligence and data assimilation satellite, Open Data and in situ.

The platform will be used for the cultivation of rice of the Federation of Rice Farmers of Seville (FAS)covering large areas in the agricultural regions of Las Marismas (Seville) and La Janda (Cadiz).

A clear commitment to technology

The SAMA ‘agromonitoring’ system is based on IoT technologies (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), Big Data and geospatial analysis.

Members of the SAMA / CTA operating group

It will integrate the data of the programs Earth observation (satellite images) of different resolutions (10, 20 and 250m) every five days and daily in situ data from smart sensors in a unified platform that will provide monitoring services aimed at both the Federation of Rice Farmers of Seville (FAS) and the private rice farmer as an end user .

two services

In addition, the SAMA platform will offer two services. On the one hand, the Regional Rice Development Service (SRD). Its objective is to provide information on the behavior of the campaign in progress, linking it with previous campaigns, at the level of FAS, and of the Sigpac site.

On the other hand, the a Local service for the management of rice at the Sigpac parcel level (SLM). Dedicated to characterizing in space and time the flooding of rice, its vigor and the content of chlorophyll and nitrogen at the level of the Sigpac enclosure.

Like this, it will be possible to better regulate the flooding, the re-sowing, the fertilization and the application of pesticides to achieve performance optimization and an improvement in the sustainability of the Doñana swamp and associated ecosystem.

The peculiarities of the system reside in its ability to meet needs of different stakeholders within a common platform that will integrate for the first time the processing of satellite time series, the assimilation of data in situ from IoT sensors, integration with Open Data, holistic analysis using AI and the dissemination of information. The platform is based on Fiware (European IoT standard).

SAMA uses the service of the European Space Agency (ESA) “Copernicus Land” and proposes an innovative approach for the integration of the optical data of the Sentinel and Modis missions.

The challenge of reducing the environmental impact

The SAMA project will help address the challenge of sustainable agriculture through the development of operational services capable of monitoring the state of the rice, facilitating its management for the farmer. In this way, it will help the Andalusian rice sector to face the challenge of improving its competitiveness by reducing production costs and minimizing the environmental impact of agricultural practices.

Therefore, the SAMA project connects with the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the European Commission’s Farm to Fork initiative, which have common goals, such as reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, clearing farmland and managing water resources.


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