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IMMS is working on autonomous modular sensor systems for cost-effective options for data collection in agriculture.

Digitisation is also becoming increasingly important in agriculture, for example to optimise the irrigation of crops during long dry periods. Many farms, however, lack the prerequisites for identifying suitable and affordable systems for them, recording their potential and generating benefits for them.

Regional Experimental Field EXPRESS

The basis for the interaction of existing technical infrastructures with new technologies and methods is therefore to be tested and evaluated on farms within the German experimental field EXPRESS. EXPRESS aims primarily at crop production with a special focus on special crops. Digital technologies are to be used to increase resource efficiency, support environmentally friendly production and preserve biodiversity in the long term. Innovative technologies such as sensor systems, block chain, virtual reality, field robots, and 5G applications shall help to shape new value chains and optimise production processes.

In EXPRESS, we will test potentially suitable technologies in cooperation with farmers. The results are made available to the industry. We focus on five use cases corresponding to focal areas:

  • cross-scale water stress monitoring for irrigation optimisation
  • automatic monitoring of abiotic key parameters, e.g. by measuring the microclimate in the crop
  • food tracing via block chain
  • augmented/virtual/mixed reality in agriculture
  • data integration and management of highly heterogeneous data sources from various sensor systems

IMMS supports monitoring of microclimate and drought stress

IMMS is responsible for data collection and is in charge of determining the microclimate and other parameters for monitoring drought stress. Different system solution concepts for these two applications will be evaluated with agricultural enterprises. For this purpose, IMMS is testing various sensor systems available on the market for their suitability for the two use cases. This also includes an evaluation of RFID sensor technology. In addition, IMMS is equipping the experimental fields with suitable sensor technology, monitoring their operation and the transmission of data via 5G to the S2DES cloud.

IMMS develops cost-efficient autonomous sensor systems for practical use

The focus of IMMS developments is on practical, self-sufficient sensor systems. We design these systems as modularly as possible in order to later adapt them to the respective boundary conditions in an agricultural enterprise and to be able to use them there for further analyses and optimisation. The challenge here is to develop cost-effective systems that record all the necessary variables with sufficient accuracy and at the same time enable usable and, above all, useful information to be obtained with as few measuring points as possible.


Acronym / Name:

EXPRESS / Experimental field for data-driven networking and digitalisation in agriculture

Duration:2019 – 2024



Environmental monitoring and smart city applications|Automation technology and Industry 4.0

Research field:Smart distributed measurement and test systems|Integrated sensor systems

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Digitalisierung im Mittelstand 2023

Thementage Digitalisierung im Mittelstand 2023 | Teil 4: Sensorik/ Smarte Sensorsysteme


MetroAgriFor 2023

2023 International IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry


Thüringer Haselnusstag 2023

Thüringer Landesamt für Landwirtschaft und Ländlichen Raum, Lehr- und Versuchszentrum Gartenbau


Experimentierfelder-Konferenz 2023

Konferenz des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) zu 14 Experimentierfeldern zur Transformation der Digitalisierung im Agrarbereich

Press release,

Monitoring von Mikroklima und Trockenstress im Obstbau

IMMS installiert Mikroklimamessnetz beim Lehr- und Versuchszentrum Gartenbau Erfurt

Press release,

EXPRESS-Kick-Off: Digitales Experimentierfeld zur Digitalisierung in der Landwirtschaft

Arbeit an Vision zur datengetriebenen Vernetzung und Digitalisierung in der Landwirtschaft begonnen



Dr.-Ing. Tino Hutschenreuther

Head of System Design

tino.hutschenreuther(at) (0) 3677 874 93 40

Dr. Tino Hutschenreuther will answer your questions on our research in Smart distributed measurement and test systems and the related core topics Analysis of distributed IoT systems, Embedded AI and Real-time data processing and communications, on the lead applications Adaptive edge AI systems for industrial application and IoT systems for cooperative environmental monitoring as well as on the range of services for the development of embedded systems.


The EXPRESS project is supported by funds of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on a decision of the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) provides coordinating support for digitisation in agriculture as funding organisation, grant number FKZ 28DE102D18.

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