Project Newsletter #18

December 2021

Interview with Stefan Rilling

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Rilling
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS 

What are the benefits of the ATLAS approach to interoperability?

The ATLAS Interoperability Network puts farmers in full control of their data and processes in a diverse digital environment and allows software vendors to focus on their Unique Selling Proposition and to bring full featured solutions to the market faster and cheaper.  ATLAS empowers a trusted community of software developers offering secure and quality agricultural services able to collaborate and exchange agricultural data over standardized interfaces, the ATLAS Service Templates. Compared to other initiatives and solutions, ATLAS is not a software platform with centralized data storage and processing, or a central data hub. ATLAS enables interconnection between third party services without intervening in the agricultural data exchange.
The open ecosystem of ATLAS services enables innovative software vendors to complement their unique features with existing services, reducing development costs and go-to market time. Therefore, the added value is the interconnection and the ecosystem facilitation that it provides.

ATLAS project is now more than halfway. How is the project progressing?

The central components of the ATLAS Interoperability Network, the Service Registry and the Participant Portal have been developed and are available to the public ( A set of Service Templates, formal specifications of agricultural services which model specific agricultural services, have been developed. Based on these Service Templates, several ATLAS Services have been developed by the consortium or are currently under development, for example a digital field twin service, an irrigation planning service or a fertilization advisor service.

What are the next steps planned for ATLAS?

After the development of the central ATLAS infrastructure, the focus is on the provision of services and their demonstration in various pilot studies. In this context, use cases from the field of precision agriculture, irrigation, livestock farming as well as tillage are considered. Another focus of the work is the exploitation and continuation of the results achieved in ATLAS. Here, concepts for the future control and operation of the ATLAS interoperability network are elaborated.

  find out more at the ATLAS website