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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

First Autonomous robot farm launched
11/10/2018
  • Autonomous robot farm; Iron Ox, based in California, launched America’s first autonomous robot farm in the hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) can remake an industry facing a serious labor shortage and pressure to produce more crops.

Greenhouse test week.
18/09/2018

The GreenPatrol consortium is busy with the test of the robot in productive greenhouses this week.

Additional sensors are mounted and tested. The first data is collected to analyse in the coming period. Also work is done to train the vision system. A lot of photo’s are taken in the greenhouse. This will be placed in our database and analysed.  Tomorrow Wednesday 19 September 2018) the new version of the test robot will make his rounds in the Greenhouse.  


GreenPatrol in the News
18/09/2018

The GreenPatrol Project is mentioned by the GSA at the Agriculture and Space Day held at the Belgian Natural Science Museum in Brussels. This results in an article in the prestigious INSIDE GNSS MAGAZINE.

At the event, GSA Director Carlo des Dorides highlighted some of the other projects under way: the Mistrale project that uses drones for soil water mapping, allowing farmers to optimize irrigation, saving costs and increasing yields; and GreenPatrol, that will result in early detection of pests and reduce productions losses and chemical use. These projects are run under the EU R&D program, Horizon2020.


Next Greenhouse test
06/09/2018

From 13 to 20 September the Greenpatrole consortium will have a next test session in the production greenhouse. We are guest at the same greenhouse of last time. New tomato plants are growing and now they reach a growth stage that pest detection becomes important. Goal is to make a new data collection with the robot and the new sensors. For example there will be 2 2D security lasers in opposite corners of the robot.


Meeting at the Headquarters of the GSA in Prague
14/06/2018

On the 7th of June the Greenpatrol consortium was guest at the Headquarters of the GSA in Prague. Here the System Specification Review​ was held. That means that all the work done on the user needs and system requirement analyse was reviewed and discussed. Also the work for the next period is discussed and the first results of the design are showed.  We thank the GSA for the hospitality and all the support in the project.


consortium meeting
13/06/2018
6th of June the Greenpatrole consortium visit the partner Mendule in the beautiful city of Brno. The progress of the development of the design of the robot and the scouting strategies are discussed. Plans for the next period are discussed and the next day meeting with the GSA is prepared. But most important the facilities used to build the pest detection database are visited. Mendule thanks for the hospitality and organizing.
Greenpatrol at CAPIGI
21/04/2018

On the CAPIGI conference held from 9 till 11 April 2018 in Amersfoort, María Campo-Cossio, Head of the Navigation and Robotics Unit in the Technological Center CTC  and our GreenPatrol project manager gave a presentation about the Greenpatrol project and its first results.

The CAPIGI conference connects people from government, science, ag-industry and geospatial businesses to discuss the application of geospatial data and systems in agriculture. CAPIGI 2018 consisted of 1) Conference, 2) Hackathon and 3) Drones Demonstration Day. Three-in-one!


Training the Vision system
22/03/2018

The Greenpatrol team is now training the vision system for automatic pest detection. The system must know how Tuta Absoluta looks like in different circumstances. 

user requirement analyses is finished
12/03/2018

In the meantime the user requirement and system requirement analyses is finished and the document is delivered. The tests that support the design are ongoing. The consortium is now in that design and test phase. Data is collected in the laboratory and in the greenhouse.

Robot tests
13/02/2018
Greenpatrol is busy with the preparations for the design of the scouting robot. At the moment, different types of tests are being conducted to develop an optimal test robot.
User need collection
31/01/2018
In December and January Greenpatrol interviewed several greenhouse farmers to collect the user needs for a autonomous scouting platform. This needs from the user are translated in user requirements. Now the consortium works on collecting a full list of system requirements and a test protocol. The consortium decided to use a test based design.
Kick off meeting held
22/11/2017
The kick off meeting of green patrole was held in Santander (Spain) on 15 November, the project is now really starting.

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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.