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The Greenpatrol team


The GreenPatrol team welcomes you on our website. The GreenPatrol team consists of a consortium of 6 parties off which one is a university (focusing on IPM and Pest Treatment), two are research institutes specialised in navigation and robotics and 3 are high-tech SME’s with differential expertise: 

  • GNSS for the market,
  • engineering and automation of greenhouses
  • application of geospatial data in relation to the need of the user

On our consortium page you will find more information about the team partners.



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Galileo GNSS


Greenpatrol uses GNSS signals to navigate the robot. The use of GALILEO signals, with its larger bandwidth and its different carriers, on top of GPS and GLONASS, will enable better accuracy of positioning inside the greenhouse. Specially the stronger E-signals from Galileo are used to be able to navigate inside the greenhouses.

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), providing improved positioning and timing information.  Until December 2017, GNSS users have had to depend on non-civilian American GPS or Russian GLONASS signals. With Galileo, users now have a new, reliable alternative that, unlike these other programmes, remains under civilian control. As of December 2017, 22 of the planned 30 active satellites are in orbit. The next launch, which will bring the system to operational completion, is planned in mid 2018. 

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Vision system


To take care of the crop’s most vegetables growers use an IPM strategy. That means that the farmer is trying to prevent getting pest and if pest treat the crop he will combines cultural, biological and chemical measures to protect the crop on a way that minimize risks to human health and the environment.

Monitoring (or scouting) is a main part of IPM. Well trained labour and a lot of time is needed. A lot of pests start with small local infections. Early symptoms of diseases are often overlooked. And that means opportunities to control the pest are misted.

The Greenpatrol robot will get a vision system, to inspect the leaves, which combines image processing techniques with machine learning algorithms. The Greenpatrol team is now training the vision system for automatic pest detection. 

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GreenPatrol aims at developing an innovative and efficient robotic solution for Integrated Pest Management in crops in Greenhouse Fields, which has the ability to navigate inside greenhouses while performing pest detection and control tasks in an autonomous way. GreenPatrol navigation capability is enable by EGNSS new signals and the implementation of sensor fusion techniques. 

The Greenpatrol Robot has to fulfill several demands. It has to be autonomous, so no tracks or pipes/lines are involved. Furthermore a system of integrated pest management is developed. This consists of a perception device, action selection strategies and pest control features. Even system feedback is embedded so the machine will learn by itself! 

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Latest news

4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Roundtable set for 14 March

Maria Campo-Cossio, Project Manager of GreenPatrol has held a talk about the GreenPatrole robot in the Agriculture Session on The 4th EU-Japan Public and Private GNSS Roundtable Meeting on 14 march in Tokyo Japan.  Also the GreenPatrol poster was displayed.

Outdoor navigation software test
Begin of February GreenPatrol held an outdoor test to evaluate the localization and navigation algorithms. A greenhouse mock-up was made on the roof in a closed environment. 
GreenPatrol presented at EU SpaceWeek

In the week 3-6 December 2018 the EUSpaceWeek was held in Marseille (FR). This conference assembled both the GALILEO and COPERNICUS ecosystems and discussed the European space policy. At the Sustainable Land Management session, our project leader Maria Campo-Cossio from CTC presented the Greenpatrol project. In the networking area, where all EU programmes and initiatives were presented, the GreenPatrol video was shown the whole conference.

Critical Design Review meeting
On the 15th of November, 1 year after the kick off meeting, GreenPatrol held the Critical Design Review meeting. This meeting aimed to discuss the design that was made in the past period based on the user needs analysis with the consortium and the GSA.
GreenPatrol at the International Navigation Conference

NSL has an exhibition space at the International Navigation Conference (INC) 2018 in Bristol, UK this week. In this NSL booth the GreenPatrol videos are showing - if you look carefully you can see it on the screen in the photo.

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This Greenpatrole project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 776324. This website is first published on 19-December 2017.