Acesur leads the Smart-O-Live project, with the objective of researching the sustainable, efficient and technical production of healthier olive oils through a holistic approach from the field, the mill, packaging and consumption, implementing digital technologies such as the use of sensors, edge computing, data acquisition networks, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and the combination and/or integration of some of them.
Smart-O-Live pursues the following specific objectives:
- Investigate new ICT technological tools, advanced sensors and biotechnology in agronomy that favor the sustainability and efficiency of olive cultivation, through the reduction of the contribution of water and phytosanitary products.
- Promote the sustainability of the olive grove with circular economy schemes through the use of residual effluents from the industrial olive transformation process that favor the recovery of water and compounds of high fertilizer value for their application in the olive cultivation.
- Minimize in the agronomic phase the presence of contaminants in olive oil for the sake of a higher quality both for its physical-chemical and organoleptic properties and for the absence of harmful residues for health, through the modulation of the contribution of inputs and the use of biocomposites as an alternative to traditional treatments.
- Digitization and modeling of all the mill processes, including the packaged product, and establish the link and integration with the data obtained in the field.
- Disruptively transform the industrial process of olive oil production, as well as the quality of the product, based on the massive introduction of digital technologies that improve the quality of the product obtained and, at the same time, promote a sustainable, efficient and highly technician.
The full name of the project is “Agriculture, oil mill and smart consumption of sustainable and healthier olive oils in the new agro-industry of the future (Smart-O-Live)” and it is currently underway, with completion scheduled for December 2024. The project is financed with “Next Generation EU” funds within the Recovery and Transformation and Resilience Plan: Ministry of Science and Innovation (CDTI).
The companies Secmotic, Kimitec-agro, Digital Animal y Deuser, also participate in this project, all of them leading companies in their sectors. To provide a vision of scientific-technical excellence, we have the collaboration of the CITOLIVA Foundation, the Foundation for Research and Development of Information Technologies in Andalusia (FIDETIA), the research groups BIO-349 Biological Technologies and ICT -207 Intelligent Systems and Data Mining (SIMIDAT) of the University of Jaén, the TIC-240 Group of the Department of Instrumentation and Industrial Electronics of the University of Córdoba.