DIONE consortium partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2022 with the intention to establish a DIONE Alliance joint venture, designed to serve as the leader of the commercialization journey for the DIONE Toolbox. DIONE Toolbox offers an integrated, simplified, continuous and automated provision of agri-environmental information related to farmer parcels, minimizing the need for visits to the fields and optimizing the workflow required. It is an integrated system to address the existing gaps and shortcomings in the CAP monitoring domain and offers clear economic value, as it significantly depletes related inspection costs, while improving the overall monitoring of farmers’ compliance.
DIONE Toolbox is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) innovative and scalable solution for modernising CAP area-based compliance checks and assessing respective environmental impact. It allows European Paying Agencies to comply with the Modernised CAP regulations while conducting an environmental performance evaluation of greening at a national or regional level, depending on the agency's jurisdiction. Beside Paying Agencies as key beneficiaries, DIONE Toolbox is designed to address the needs of a plethora of relevant stakeholders, among them being Certification and Control Bodies, Financial and Risk Management Institutions, and members of the wider EO and Agri-consulting community.
DIONE partners have developed an application for Farmer's Greening Compliance. Through this application, farmers, inspectors, paying agency officials, agronomic consultants and other stakeholders can check the compliance status of a farm. The compliance status is evaluated at different points in time (each time new EO or field data is available), using the products delivered by other DIONE system components, through a unified Toolbox API which integrates these components. The compliance engine uses the different available data together with the compliance rules for the specific country to determine the level of compliance in each parcel. At the same time, the users are able to see the farm's parcels on an interactive web environment with different geospatial layers to illustrate the biophysical conditions on the field (NDVI, Chl index, RGB) and their temporal evolution. The application supports the display of the geotagged photos collected by the farmer on the field using the Geotagged mobile app, as well as requests for new photos by inspectors.
Commercialization is expected to start immediately after the project's completion
The DIONE Toolbox has been developed under the framework of the DIONE project (grant agreement No. 870378), a Research and Innovation program, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020. DIONE toolbox and its components have been demonstrated in areas of Cyprus and Lithuania under the collaboration of the National Paying Agency of Lithuania and the Agricultural Payments Organisation of Cyprus. Towards the end of the funding period, in June 2022, DIONE consortium partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a DIONE Alliance joint venture, designed to serve as the leader of the commercialization journey for the DIONE Toolbox.