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FaST

EU Space Data for Sustainable Farming

What is FaST?

Supported by the European Commission’s DG Agriculture and Rural Development, by the EU Space Programme (DG DEFIS) and by the EU ISA2 Programme (DG DIGIT), the FaST digital service platform will make available capabilities for agriculture, environment and sustainability to EU farmers, Member State Paying Agencies, farm advisors and developers of digital solutions. The vision is for the FaST to become a world-leading platform for the generation and re-use of solutions for sustainable and competitive agriculture based on space data (Copernicus and Galileo) and other data public and private datasets. The modular platform will support EU agriculture and the Common Agricultural policy by also enabling the use of solutions based on machine learning applied to image recognition, as well as the use and reuse of IoT data, various public sector data, and user generated data.

FaST and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the life of societies around the world and has impacted almost all industries in the global economy. Many governments have imposed lockdowns and travel restrictions, which have brought the world to a standstill. Within this context, it has become very complex for the Paying Agencies across the EU to perform the relevant on site checks for farmer subsidy declarations.

FaST can help Member States who need it implement satellite-based checks by monitoring processes, which would accelerate farmer access to subsidies and reduce administrative burden & costs for Paying Agencies.

Thanks to the FaST platform, Sentinel data together with specific machine learning algorithms, can automatically detect crop types and push information to the farmer. The farmer then validates the result of the crop detection or if necessary sends geo-tagged photos of their field using the FaST mobile application, in order to validate their CAP declaration.

FaST half-way demo webinar

Recorded July 16th/17th 2020

The first public presentation and demo of the EU Farm Sustainability Tool and Platform (FaST), developed jointly by three European Commission DGs.

You can also download the slides of the webinar.

Why FaST?

FaST will help lay the foundations of a comprehensive digital ecosystem for sustainable farm and land management in Europe. It will support farmers in their administrative decision-making processes, for farm profitability and environmental sustainability. At the same time, it will provide a reliable on-farm landing spot for digital solution developers (including satellite-based solutions) and service providers. It will reduce administrative burdens for farmers and Paying Agencies, and streamline communication between the farmers and public authorities.

About FaST

The Common Agricultural Policy stands to greatly benefit from expanded and democratised access to satellite data and services

The Common Agricultural Policy stands to greatly benefit from expanded and democratised access to satellite data and services

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the largest and most promising use case for solutions based on Copernicus and Galileo in the public sector. With farming being one of the main economic sectors using such data, further realising its potential depends on adequate data sharing and solution interoperability and integration....

But what does FaST actually look like?

FaST users (farmers, Paying Agencies etc) interact with the platform through a custom mobile application and web portals accessible from any internet-connected computer.

The FaST mobile app surfaces Copernicus and Galileo capabilities to the farmer

The FaST mobile app surfaces Copernicus and Galileo capabilities to the farmer

The FaST mobile app acts as a landing point for multiple services

The FaST mobile app acts as a landing point for multiple services

The national parcel registry is available to the farmer

The national parcel registry is available to the farmer

Fertilization advice is provided through a user-friendly interface

Fertilization advice is provided through a user-friendly interface

The FaST platform integrates multiple heterogeneous data sources from participating Member States

The FaST platform integrates multiple heterogeneous data sources from participating Member States

The Paying Agencies access the platform through a web portal, where they can, amongst other things, manage users and directly communicate with them.

The Paying Agencies access the platform through a web portal, where they can, amongst other things, manage users and directly communicate with them.

Project timeline

  • Tue, Jan 07
    Kick-off FaST Phase I
  • February
  • Mon, Feb 17 - Tue, Feb 18
    Estonia user workshops #1 in Tallinn, Estonia Estonia user workshops #1 in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Wed, Feb 19 - Thu, Feb 20
    Piedmont user workshops #1 in Torino, Italy Piedmont user workshops #1 in Torino, Italy
  • Tue, Feb 25 - Wed, Feb 26
    Andalusia user workshops #1 in Sevilla, Spain Andalusia user workshops #1 in Sevilla, Spain
  • Thu, Feb 27 - Fri, Feb 28
    Castilla y Leon user workshops #1 in Valladolid, Spain Castilla y Leon user workshops #1 in Valladolid, Spain
  • March
  • Sun, Mar 01 - Thu, Apr 30
    March - April activities

    - Collection of agricultural algorithms from all pilots
    - Conduction of technical analysis of algorithms
    - Implementation and tests of Fertilicalc (Spain) and Visione (Italy) algorithms
    - Identification of available data sources from each pilot: first integrations of Natura2000, NVZ and hydrology layers as well as soil databases/GIS layers in the platform
    - Identification of the desired identity providers/ authentication systems for each MS/MA/PA ; implementation of FaST connectors for SPID (Italy), TARA (Estonia), OpCyl (Castillla y Leon)
    - Liaison with participating regions for the development of the necessary IACS APIs
    - Deployment of the cluster infrastructure on the Sobloo DIAS: service mesh, security, continuous integration and deployment
    - Development of weather service connector for Spain (SiAR + AEMET)
    - Scaffolding of the mobile app / website, review of the EGNSS4CAP GSA geotagged photos app
    - Review of regulation on NVZ and non-NVZ in each of the 4 pilots, to customize the tool accordingly
    - Definition of the FaST data model, partly based on Inspire and the Estonian eFieldbook study

  • May
  • Mon, May 18 - Mon, May 25
    Project Participants user workshops #2 (via video conferencing due to Covid-19 situation)
  • June
  • July
  • Thu, Jul 16
    Beta phase

    Planned FaST beta-ready for the first demo. User workshops after this date will be conducted using the actual FaST platform in the current state of advancement.

  • September
  • Tue, Sep 01 - Fri, Sep 11
    Project Participants user workshops #3 (tentative)
  • August
  • October
  • November
  • Mon, Nov 23
    Estimated go-live date
  • December
  • January 2021
  • Thu, Jan 07
    FaST Phase II

Interested?

This EU-supported action will result in customized, operational tools for farmers in the participating Member State Paying Agencies to provide to farmers.
If you are interested in finding out how to participate:

Claudia Muresan
Claudia Muresan

European Commission
DG DEFIS

ec@fastplatform.eu
Isidro Campos-Rodriguez
Isidro Campos-Rodriguez

European Commission
DG AGRI

dgagri@fastplatform.eu
Elena-Cristina Cosma
Elena-Cristina Cosma

European Commission
DG DIGIT / ISA2

isa2@fastplatform.eu
Technical team
Technical team

PwC France
FaST delivery team

tech@fastpatform.eu