Paris, France and Madrid, Spain – April eight, 2021,
Atos nowadays announces that it is coordinating and actively contributing to the European challenge “FlexiGroBots”. This initiative aims to empower robotic-makers, engineers and company vendors to construct and deploy multi-robotic unitsfor the agri-meals business to support farmers in their everyday perform. In the framework of the Horizon 2020 application, the challenge will establish an modern platform to facilitate the use of robotics as a result of 3 substantial-scale pilots across Europe.
The adoption of new systems in the agricultural sector has enhanced in the latest decades, unleashing a new paradigm: “agriculture 4.” in which robotics, AI and automation engage in a essential function in crop administration and precision agriculture[one] by addressing true-time decision creating and monitoring demands. On the other hand, existing robotic units are missing flexibility as they are designed to have out quite unique missions and are not in a position to take care of other responsibilities nor cooperate with other robotic systems, main to a absence of ROI for farmers.
The FlexiGroBots challenge will run in excess of 36 months with the goal of acquiring and validating an open platform which supports the creation of flexible and heterogeneous multi-robotic units that allow multi-robotic cooperation and autonomy. Robots include UAVs (unmanned aerial cars) and UGVs (unmanned floor cars).
In FlexiGroBots, the Atos research and innovation team acts as the challenge coordinator, guaranteeing the execution of the planned functions and the all round monitoring and supervision of the challenge. Atos will aid provide the architecture and prerequisite evaluation, lead the reference architecture and synchronize the 3 pilots. It acts as a technological chief and most important contributor in the progress of robotic mission handle center abilities for the design and style, arranging and supervision of heterogeneous multi-robotic operations, such as robotic expert services enabled by Computer Eyesight techniques and in geospatial data evaluation. As a member of the Worldwide Info Room Affiliation (IDSA), Atos also works on the progress of data place enablers for the data administration of an industrial data place personalized to the agricultural context, allowing secure data exchange across a variety of stakeholders in the agri-meals sector.
“This challenge fits properly with Atos’ objective to add to the digitization of European industries, such as agriculture, as a result of the progress of modern programs and expert services dependent on AI, data and dependable robotics”, feedback Daniel Calvo Alonso, Head of the ‘AI, Info and Robotics’ Unit in the Atos Research and Innovation department and coordinator of the FlexiGroBots challenge.
The FlexiGroBots platform will be validated in 3 true pilot projects:
- Vineyards (Spain): Reveal the large potential and flexibility of robots to accomplish distinctive responsibilities in vineyards, contributing to the top quality of grapes for wine manufacturing and to all round financial profitability.
- Rapeseed fields (Finland): Reveal time-crucial pest administration and robotization of large machinery fleets in grassland administration.
- Blueberries fields (Serbia and Lithuania): Reveal the possible of modern robotic alternatives – with superior remote sensing techniques, deep mastering and decision support – to mature blueberries.
Funded by the European Commission with seven million euros, FlexiGroBots provides alongside one another a multidisciplinary consortium manufactured up of 16 distinctive businesses and firms from eight distinctive countries. For much more data, take a look at https://flexigrobots-h2020.eu/
[one] Precision agriculture is a farming administration strategy dependent on observing, measuring, and responding to inter and intra-area variability in crops.
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