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Robots for protecting crops

Objective

The most important challenge in European agriculture is the cost and scarcity of labour. Robots have replaced labour in several sectors of the economy. Agricultural robots have not yet reached widespread acceptance. The vision of ROBS4CROPS is an agricultural sector where robots will replace humans in all heavy and unpleasant work!

From a technical point of view, agricultural robots do not reach their potential because they are used as stand-alone units rather than as part of a complete, innovative robotic system. From a non-technical point of view, agricultural robots do not fit well with current farming practices and agricultural standards and are not supported by an ecosystem of stakeholders.

ROBS4CROPS will tackle technical challenges by creating a robotic farming solution that consists of three elements: smart implements, autonomous vehicles, and the farming controller. Existing agricultural implements and tractors will be upgraded so that they can function, together with existing agricultural robots, as parts of a robotic system. Development and testing will take place in real farming environments (real operating conditions), in four countries, in iterative cycles, and in close collaboration with stakeholders.

ROBS4CROPS will tackle non-technical challenges by using existing agricultural standards, by utilizing existing machinery (thus lowering the initial investment needed), and by addressing the lack of maintenance, insurance, financing and training. Compliance with regulations, robo-ethics and socio-economic impact will be explicitly addressed. Robotics offers an opportunity to develop novel business models. Building the ecosystem for agricultural robotics will take place iteratively, in parallel with technical development. The complete robotic system (technical and non-technical) will be demonstrated at scale in pilots in four European countries.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 945 612,50

Participants (15)

GIROPOMA COSTA BRAVA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 126 899,50
Address
Ctra Torroella-verges Km.1.2
17140 Ulla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGROTIKOS SYNETAIRISMOS POLISEOS XIRON KAI NOPON STAFYLION KIATOY KORINTHIAS PIGASOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 193 025
Address
Arkouda Moulkiou Kiato
20200 Kiato
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SERRATER SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 217 070
Address
Avda Carles Esteve De Rich 4
17143 Jafre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SMART AGRI TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 825
Address
Groot Maarslag 10
9961 TB Mensingeweer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TERRENA SOCIETE COOPERATIVE AGRICOLE
France
EU contribution
€ 371 131,25
Address
La Noelle
44150 Ancenis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABEMEC BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 303 800
Address
Pater Van Den Elsenlaan 4
5462 GG Veghel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGREENCULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 530 866
Address
10 Avenue De L'europe
31520 Ramonville-saint-agne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRO INTELLIGENCE APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 385 700
Address
Agro Food Park 13
8200 Aarhus N
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FOODSCALE HUB ENTREPRENEURSHIP ANDINNOVATION ASSOCIATION
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 388 750
Address
Cara Urosa 18
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Other
TEYME TECHNOLOGIE AGRICOLA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 228 282,25
Address
Polig Industrial El Sau Iii-c S/n
25131 Torre-serona Lleida
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 550 375
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 556 000
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 532 250
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 550 660
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 757 875
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments