Smart Farming – Digitalization is revolutionizing agriculture

Highly efficient and sustainable – Fraunhofer IESE is making agriculture fit for the future!

Due to the growing demands on environmental protection and sustainability on the one hand and the limited land areas and fossil resources on the other hand, agricultural technology is facing ever greater challenges everywhere, including in Germany. Mastering these challenges successfully makes highly efficient, optimized processes indispensable. Just like in other areas, software represents a key technology in the agricultural domain as well. In modern tractors and machinery, software-based innovations lead to crucial competitive advantages. Data and its smart interpretation (aimed at automation, optimization, and facilitation of agricultural processes) is an essential element of the digital transformation.

Fraunhofer IESE supports companies in this process and is doing research on innovative technologies and solutions for Smart Farming:

This is what we offer:

  • System architectures for the ideal interaction with third-party systems
  • Potential analyses for Big Data analytics and solutions for data-driven business models
  • Security and privacy across system boundaries
  • Assurance of functional safety between tractors and implements
  • Integration of mobile end devices into existing systems for an optimal user experience

News Smart Farming

Autonomous Agriculture in 2045?

New Study about the Autonomous Agricultural Machinery Market

Whitepaper Agricultural Data Space (ADS)

A publication of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project "Cognitive Agriculture" 

Fraunhofer IESE Blog

Cognitive Agriculture – Where is it going? (in German)

On our blog you will find current posts regarding Smart Farming.

Launch of the project Demeter

The project will develop interoperable data exchange in agriculture for Europe. In this context, Fraunhofer IESE is conducting research into how to assure data quality.

Reference Projects Smart Farming


Fraunhofer lighthouse project

“Cognitive Agriculture”

Balancing productivity and sustainability of agricultural processes



In the EU funded project, we are working with project partners to create a European framework for a secure and trustworthy data space in agriculture.



Insights Collaboration Space – Deploying smart digital services together

A collabortation with John Deere 


Our contact for smart farming

Jörg Dörr

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Dörr

Program Manager Smart Farming
Extended Institute Management

Phone +49 631 6800-1601

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Ralf Kalmar

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Ralf Kalmar

Business Development Manager
Contact for Smart Farming

Phone +49 631 6800-1603

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