Virtual training in Smart Farming technologies - Kick-off for EU-project "GATES"

GATES – Serious Games for Smart Farming?

The Agricultural University of Athens, Smart AKIS Coordinator, hosted on January 18th, on Athens, the kick-off meeting of “Applying GAming TEchnologies for training professionals in Smart Farming — GATES” project, funded by Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement number: 732358 — GATES — H2020-ICT-2016-1).

GATES will develop a serious game-based training platform, in order to train professionals across the agricultural value chain on the use of Smart Farming Technologies (SFT), thus allowing deploying its full economic and environmental potential in European agriculture.

The project will provide the farmer community, agronomical students, extension services and the SFT industry sales force an easy to use and understand gaming experience that will allow a first approach to the concept of SFT, their uses, available equipment and simulation on the adoption of such technologies.

GATES will develop a near-to-market (TRL7) serious game-based training platform that, through the use of a range of gaming technologies (3D scenarios, interactive storytelling, modeling and data), will train professionals and other stakeholders in the value chain in the use of SFT. GATES will develop a cross-platform (Desktop/Mobile/Web) serious gaming available for Android, iOS and Windows featuring online and offline synchronized modes.

The project will run for 30 months and will be implemented by a consortium of 5 partners: Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece,  Inosens Doo Novi Sad (INOSENS), Serbia, KUNST-STOFF GMBH (kunst-stoff), Germany, Iniciativas Innovadoras (INI), Spain and Asociación Nacional de Máquina Agropecuaria, Forestal y de Espacios Verdes (ANSEMAT), Spain.

The Agricultural University of Athens, Smart AKIS Cordinator and Iniciativas Innovadoras, also Smart AKIS partner will ensure the coordination and joint dissemination efforts of both projects.