• Northern Ireland
  • Opening date: 19th July 2019
  • Closing date: 30th August 2019

Website DAERA

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Total Fund Available: Up to £126k

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is a government department in Northern Ireland with policy responsibility, inter alia, for animal health and welfare and administration of farm subsidies (www.daera-ni.gov.uk).

DAERA hold detailed data (including mapping data) on land use classification and registers of cattle and sheep herd keepers. Data on animal location and movements are currently based on herd keepers’ addresses, complemented by on-site surveys for a small sample of farms per annum. Under this SBRI competition, DAREA now wishes to encourage and support research and development to deliver innovative technology-enabled approaches to improve the frequency and accuracy of its data on animal locations and movements and habitat change at a small-area level within Northern Ireland.

Innovative solutions should permit the DAERA to leverage more accurate and up-to-date data, for example, to assess policy compliance more easily and to manage disease outbreak more rapidly and effectively. To qualify as ‘innovative’, solutions must develop functionality that does not presently exist in the market. While DAERA is open to consider all innovative solutions that meet its needs, it is particularly keen to explore the potential to use high resolution satellite and/or aerial imagery, sensor technologies and machine learning/AI, alone or in combination, to identify grazing cattle and sheep remotely, (and potentially to monitor habitat change), and derive appropriate, reliable and timely business intelligence from the analysis of such data.

Funding is currently in place for Phase I of the competition, but DAERA reserves the right at its sole discretion to extend from Phase I with successful bidders as part of this procurement DAERA also reserves its right to extend the competition to a third phase to allow for further testing of potential solutions.

Phase one will be confined to animal location. Extension out to monitoring habitats may be included in subsequent phases. Please note that an information event will be held on Thursday 15th August 2019 from 10.30 to 12.30 at Klondyke Building, Cromac Ave, Belfast BT7 2JA. All interested suppliers are requested to confirm their attendance through the eTendersNI messaging system.

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