The effects of climate change, such as higher average temperatures and increase in extreme weather events, set important challenges for the sustainability of agricultural activities, especially those that produce quality products. It is paramount in this context to adopt intelligent and digital systems able to improve the efficiency of the production cycle and foresee with high accuracy the phenological cycle of cultivation, the possible insurgence of pathogens and the necessity of management of irrigation and selective application of phytosanitary products, in order to make the producers of the agricultural sector competitive and resilient.

By participating at applied research projects with many local and European stakeholders, LINKS Foundation has developed technological assets that go from Big Data platforms able to mix heterogeneous data (IoT sensors, space observation, drones, precise satellite navigation systems and the results of prediction models) to product tracking systems to visualization systems that can provide an efficient decision support system.

The Foundation is making specific Artificial Intelligence models for the automation of the prediction and decisional process too, taking advantage of modern High Performance Computing platforms.