In Central Ostrobothnia, the Living Lab will study the impact of digitalisation in the bioeconomy sector, by involving different stakeholders of the Kokkola Industrial Park. The Living Lab will focus on the sustainable transition from an agricultural-based rural society to a smarter-based rural environment through digitalisation and the use of the social capital of the area.
Farms in in this region are mainly specialized in dairy farming due to the natural conditions, agricultural support system and the regional strategies. There are some small local processing facilities for the local milk, however, most of the local production is not consumed nor processed in the region.
The degree of digitalisation varies across sectors, while precision agriculture is rather rare (or even inexistent), the forestry sector presents a higher degree of digitalisation. The sector uses a range of automated harvesting machines and uses data collected digitally on ownership, growth, soil, etc.
Living Lab coordinator: University of Jyväskylä
Domain: Rural, Agriculture