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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

 

 

 

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 3th newsletter of the GreenPatol project is published
02/09/2020
The 3th newsletter of the GreenPatol project is published.   Klick here to download a pdf version.
Finaly back in the greenhouse
27/08/2020

This days (25 August till 31 August) finally the robot is working in the Greenhouse. The Covid-19 lockdown made it impossible to travel from the laboratory to the greenhouse with the robot. It is still not possible to give a large live demonstration, but we hope to make beautiful visual material to show the robot's skills in the future.


Second news letter
22/07/2020
The second newsletter of the GreenPatol project is published. Klick here to download a pdf version.
GreenPatrol Questionnaires for the users
06/07/2020

GreenPatrol has made a questionnaire for the potential user of our robot.

Filing in will help the project to evaluate the robot an the requirements of the robot necessary to improve the robot in newer models.


The user interface
05/07/2020

GreenPatrol has a video made to demonstrate the user interface of the system. The dashboard for the overview number of healthy scans but also the infections found. The way farmer information and greenhouses is organised. The way the scouting plan is made. And of course all the logs.

 


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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.