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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

The new GreenPatrol-Mini is shown
Last week we meet our #GreenPatrol partner MENDELU.
During the visit we showed them the #GreenPatrol-Mini, a GreenPatrol prototype intended for the development and testing of the GreenPatrol Autonomous robot.

seminar_ pozvanka_Vaculovicova

Some days ago on the longest day of the Year (northern hemisphere) our partner Mendelu participated in a seminar where they presented the GreenPatrol project and specially the strategy to detect the pest.  

successful Midterm Review Meeting
GreenPatrole had a successful and productive Midterm Review Meeting in Bilbao Spain. The progress of the project was discussed. Also the greenhous was visit and the robot demonstrated. 
Manipulación Robótica con Vision Artificial

Yesterday 21 of May María Campo-Cossío Gutiérrez, our project manager participated in a workshop in Santander “Manipulación Robótica con Vision Artificial” (Robotics and Computer vision). She talked about the Pest detection and Identification Sensor of GreenPatrol robot project.

Midterm review meeting in Bilbao
Next week 13 and 14 May GreenPatrole had his Midterm review meeting in Bilbao Spain, The consortium and reviewers will also visit the greenhouse where the test are done and the Tekniker office. On the agenda the review of all the work packages and a demonstration of the robot so far.

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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.