Sixth Framework Programme, Priority, Information Society Technologies.

The objective of AMI@Netfood project is to support the implementation of the IST Research Priority and Framework Programme, providing a long-term vision on future trends on Scientific and Technology Research oriented to the development and application of Ambient Intelligence technologies to the agri-food domain. The project will be carried out developing an ERA Pilot joint collaboration platform resulting from a roadmap the area of Applications and services for collaborative working.

As a result AMI@Netfood will provide a path, in the form of a Strategic Research Agenda, common to a number of EU Member States and Regions, which will be designed to guide RTD in ICTs to provide an answer to identified needs of the sector. The project will provide a framework to discuss about the increasingly demanding need of having collaborative and mobile applications and services and innovative ways to tackle social issues and to bring benefits to consumers, industry and the environment. AMI@Netfood results will specifically focus on the solutions adaptable to the needs of local/regional SMEs in the Agri-food sector in themes like innovative extended products and services, rural development, efficient knowledge creation; sharing and exploitation through collaborative activities involving the individual - the mobile user and worker.

AMI@Netfood analysis will be developed involving key regional and national policy makers with responsibility in the design of RTD policies and programmes in the area of ICTs and Rural development at regional and/or national scale. By this, the project will generate a basis to identify mechanisms to mobilise public-private partnerships and investment needed on Research. Project results will also be widely disseminated so that they can be used to help in preparations for future Community, National or Regional research and technological development policy activities. AMI@Netfood will help creating a sustainable network that will be used as the basis for the definition of a set of common objectives that would be applied to a potential Technology Platform for the EU research in the area of ICTs for agri-food and Rural Development.

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