Interview with geospatiumlab



"Pestifinder: A support decission tool based on FIWARE and Open Data"

Could you summarize your project in just one sentencePestifinder aims to be the EU farmers’ one-stop decision tool used for crops being sold in national and EU markets.

What has it meant for the company to be engage in the FIWARE acceleration programme?
The financial support and coaching have been very important to carry out the project. FINODEX methodology has helped us to accomplishing defined tasks before deadlines and taking care not only of the technological issues but also of the business model. In addition, we have gained visibility and widened our contacts network. We acknowledge that being one of the top 10 selected companies in the first call of FINODEX has provided us prestige and recognition in our environment.

Could you explain how your project has improved working with FIWARE technologies and FINODEX services?
We have used FIWARE to develop several components of Pestifinder such as Open Data publishing, Big Data processing, management of geographic information, and the marketplace. Thanks to FIWARE we have been able to include in Pestifinder functionalities impossible to get ready on time and at the same costs only with our own developments.
Until now we had not worked with FIWARE in other projects, so we had some difficulties in the use of some enablers. However, the good support service and the quick reaction of FIWARE developers have solved these problems within a short delay (sometimes uploading a corrected version, others explaining how to solve the problem).

Has Open Data brought real value to your business?
Open Data is the core of our business model. Potential customers need updated, integrated and easy to access official pesticide information. However, this information is dispersed in the Web, so they need an access point of reference to access to this data. Pestifinder aims to be this access point. We use Open Data sets on pesticides coming from official sources and enrich them with Open Geographic Data that provides context about the environment where the pesticide is used.

Pesticide Finder aims to be useful system for helping agricultural companies and individual farmers in the task of choosing the most suitable pesticides for their crops. Where did the idea come from and what is its added value?
In 2015 we launched an application called aGroSLab together with our partner 7edata. This application helps Spanish farmers to fill their registers about the use of pesticides in their crops according to the Spanish laws. Thanks to this application we realized the opportunity to market this concept in other countries. The added value is to collect and organize official data about pesticides in a single place, including the constraints to the imports and exports of crops due to the use of pesticides. This is a real need for European farmers.

What are your expectations for 2016 and beyond?
We plan to complete Pestifinder by uploading data of all European countries (so far it offers information only for Spain and UK).
Modern farming needs this information not only on pesticides but also on many other issues. That is why evolution tends to the design of global decision support systems. That makes us envisage Pestifinder not as an isolated tool but integrated in a portfolio of functionalities and services focused on improving farm management.

Where do you see your company in five years time?
Our objective is to be a referent in the development of business intelligence tools for the agricultural sector.


Activity: Development of software to process and manage geolocated data
Sector: Information Technologies
Foundation Year: 2007
Contact: Susana Zarazaga Soria
Employees: 9