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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

Article in HORIZON: the EU Research & Innovation magazine 
24/04/2020

HORIZON: the EU Research & Innovation magazine is preparing a text about GreenPatrol. In addition, they have shared this video about our robotic solution on their social media


video GreenPatrol validation in simulation environment
30/03/2020

After the last review meeting in Amersfoort GreenPatrol moves forward. Testing of the robot is difficult through COVID-19. But from homes al over Europe the team works further also using computer simulations. This video shows GreenPatrol validation in laboratory mock-up and simulation.

Greenpatrol is ready to move on
19/12/2019

The Readiness Review meeting is held in the Netherlands in Amersfoort hosted by AeroVision. Mean question of this meeting is: Are we ready for the next phase Demonstration and testing in the reality of the Greenhouse. Conclusion;  Yes we are GreenPatrol will make the leap from laboratories to the real environment during the first quarter of next year. 


Presentation at the INC2019
20/11/2019
Smita Tiwari, from NSL, presents an article focus on the progress made in the development of autonomous location and navigation subsystems
GreenPatrol mini robot At the VII European Researchers Night
08/10/2019

At the VII European Researchers Night Centro Tecnológico CTC was presenting the new Greenpatrol robot. We call it the GreenPatrol Mini. The demonstration given with the new robot made the CTC stand one of the most visited at this event. Watch the movie for a reportage of the demonstration.


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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.