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Galileo Enhanced Solution for Pest Detection and Control in Greenhouse Fields with Autonomous Service Robots

Objective

European agriculture is facing numerous challenges such as population growth, climate change, resource shortages or increased competition. Besides, the area of land available for agriculture is declining, rural areas become depopulated and farming population is aging. Today’s challenge is to produce “more with less”.
Greenhouses protect crops from adverse weather conditions allowing year-round production. Integrated crop management approaches provide better control over pests and diseases. However, the intensification of greenhouse crop production creates favorable conditions for devastating infestation that can cost a 25% of the potential income. Greenhouse crop production is growing throughout the world, generating 46,377€/ha across Europe.
GreenPatrol aims at developing an innovative and efficient robotic solution for Integrated Pest Management in crops, which has the ability to navigate inside greenhouses while performing early pest detection and control tasks in an autonomous way. Main developments will be focused on:
- Precise positioning to provide accurate and detailed pest maps in greenhouses (light indoor environments)
- Perception with visual sensing for on-line pest detection, including reasoning mechanisms for efficient action selection
- Strategies for manipulation and motion planning based on pest monitoring feedback.
Galileo capabilities are considered a fundamental technology for the proposed solution as it provides better performance against the multipath and signal degradation present in greenhouses.
GreenPatrol will achieve a remarkable reduction of production losses and chemicals usage, as well as an increase in quality and competitiveness, leading to more sustainable farming and enhanced food safety and soil and water protection.
The project includes a validation stage where the prototype will be tested in real environment to reach TRL7. GreenPatrol will be commercially exploited. Its business plan shows profits starting in year 3.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/machine learning/deep learning

Call for proposal

H2020-GALILEO-GSA-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DE COMPONENTES
Address
Calle Isabel Torres Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Cantabria Ptccan 1
39011 Santander
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 392 256,25

Participants (5)

GMV NSL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 354 401,25
Address
Sir Colin Cambell Building Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 585 625
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
INKOA SISTEMAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 275 478
Address
Calle Ribera De Axpe 11, Edificio D1
48950 Erandio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEROVISION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 199 535
Address
Stadsring 47
3811 HN Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 251 500
Address
Zemedelska 1/1665
613 00 Brno Sever
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments