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Intelligent decision from vineyard robots

Objective

The wine industry is strategically for Europe, both economically and socially speaking. Its competitive position in the global market depends on the long-term reputation of its wines, which needs many years to be built but can be lost quickly with a poor wine. The risk of losing reputation is high when repeatability cannot be granted, which happens ever more in the vineyards where manual data sampling is meager due to unaffordable costs.
Therefore, our aim is to industrialize, demonstrate, and take as first ones to market an innovative expert field monitoring system (decision support system) embedded in a small-size and cost-efficient robot for the vineyard, which will be the follow-up of the successful EU-funded project VineRobot (TRL6/7). In order to ensure commercial success, we will optimize both the external design and the internal electronics, as well as industrialize the navigation and mapping software for top performance, protection, and user friendliness.
For this we count on an industry-driven consortium, targeting one of the largest agricultural sectors in Europe, with a strong business plan and the support of a large number of committed industry leaders and end-users, ensuring a rapid market deployment. Market penetration will be boosted by the SMEs already active in the robotics and viticulture sectors, reinforced by strategic tradeshows and international conferences.
As a result, we target a cumulative turnover of €33 Million in five years yielding €10.9 Million of industrial benefits, reaching a market adoption of 5% which will provide service to 54,540 ha of EU vineyard area. In addition, VineScout technology will attract young farmers to rural areas, which is becoming crucial for the sustainability of the sector since current farming population is near retirement age. The practical adoption of robotics in agriculture will create employment, in part with the advent of new industries related to ICT, precision management, and data interpretation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/viticulture
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 490 625

Participants (4)

WALL-YE SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 303 056,25
Address
Rue Doyenne 5
71000 Macon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUNDANCE MULTIPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 431 834,38
Address
Chiltern House Unit 20 Waterside
HP5 1PS Chesham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA RIOJA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 354 937,50
Address
Avenida De La Paz 93
26006 La Rioja
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATES, VINHOS,SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 160 772,50
Address
Travessa Barao De Forrester 86
4400 034 Vila Nova De Gaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)