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EURO GIS - GIS applications for vertical markets exemplified by agricultural applications as model for any vertical market

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21965)
Authors:   DI Walter H. Mayer
Keywords:   Geographic information systems, documentation, nutrient balancing, traceability, logistics, precision farming

PROGIS Software AG is one of the few European developers of GIS-software (geographic information systems). Further to base-technologies, software applications for agriculture and forestry, utility-, pipeline- and community management and also for planning rural areas are developed. The precise observation of the agriculture policy of the European Union, the close contact to the Joint Research Institute of the EU and other well accepted research institutes, the FAO, EurepGAP etc., led PROGIS to process our integrated agro-technology, called AGROffice.

With the EU-CAP-reform the increase of food-quality and safety to the welfare of EC citizens was determined. Its important that this reform concerns not only EU-member states but all those who are exporting into the EU. The required trace-ability comprises a close documentation of all activities beginning at the fields up to final consumers. Our base-module DokuPlant was generated to enable this documentation very easily and quickly. DokuPlant - it is a combination of GIS based on WinGIS or subsets of it as well as a com-linked database application - in a canvas situation also the database can drive the GIS so the focus for the developers can be the database application that from time to time needs a map/thematic map etc. ; further to the standard GIS functionalities a complete time management as well as the additional possibility of embedding expert data linked to activities gives the flexibility to build applications that integrate database-geography-time and activity management as well as expert data. Application can be build up for single users or also client models are possible. Further modules of our AGROffice product family where generated to fulfil further legal requirements. They are nutrient balancing and the usage of GIS to identify areas. But it was our target to develop an integrated technology. That led to the development of further modules for cost-calculation, subsidy claims, logistics, precise-farming, virtual farming, as well as applications for forestry, rural and environmental planning, sensor integration etc. The technology is linkable to other databases and data media and can either be used by single operators or by advisory service providers. More features, advantages and cooperation possibilities will be presented on side.

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