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Meet the future change makers in the agriculture-driven robotics market.

The agri-food industry is typically a small and medium-sized enterprises-driven sector. As a consequence, it’s hard for those companies to build a broad network, explore and maintain their connections with research and technology organisations (RTOs) and stay up-to-date with the most recent technological developments and its opportunities.

Explore the wide array of services (innovation fields) and interconnected technology fields that are included in the SME service portfolio,including collecting and monitoring data at field level, automating specific tasks, pest & disease monitoring and prevention, etc.

By joining agROBOfood, these companies have access to all the network’s services and have European-wide visibility through an accredited EU source. In turn, those SMEs provide their services regarding automation and the new ways of organising and performing agricultural work to farmers and farmer’s associations.

Ensuring that farmers keep up with the technology that is impacting agriculture and its value chain and stay informed about the latest innovations and solutions for the development of agricultural robots (AI, drones, sensors, etc.) is at the heart of their service portfolio. Services that SMEs offer typically include access to demo software, access to knowledge and experts, skills and training and on-demand services related to their products. In particular:

  • Agricultural technology

    To promote the use of robotic technologies (including electronics, sensors, computing hardware and software, etc.) SMEs can provide guidance and support by offering workshops, interactive demonstrations and awareness raising events.

  • Application area

    The benefits of integrating robotic technologies are numerous; To showcase them, SMEs provide services that allow them to engage and build trustful relations with their end-users. Therefore, they invest in communication strategies and activities that diffuse knowledge about the different application areas of agricultural robots including: harvesting/deleafing, weed control, plant care, phenotyping,etc.

    Explore the Agricultural Robotics Catalogue through the search bar, or download the pdf brochure by clicking here

  • Safety standards

    Thanks to the impressive technological advances of the last decade, not only are today's robots able to perform activities which used to be typically and exclusively human, but the development of certain autonomous features has made them more and more similar to agents that interact with their environment and are able to alter it significantly.

    Understanding the risk associated with agricultural robotic technology, many robotic solutions included in the Agricultural Robotics Catalogue have received certification for independent tasks in the same workspace as humans.

Further reading: European Parliament Resolution of 16 February 2017 with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics

Innovation Fields

agROBOfood combines expertise in various innovation fields to help create a modern agricultural landscape that is all-inclusive and encompassing.

Using robots in agriculture makes many tasks simpler, faster, and more effective. Driverless tractors, drones for crop monitoring and data collection, autonomous precision seedings, automated irrigation and harvesting systems, as well as milking dairy herds are some of the commonly used agricultural robots used for farming, crop, soil management, and livestock production. The applications are numerous, but the network focuses on the following:

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Food processing
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Greenhouse crops
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Arable, Horticultural Crops & Pastureland farming
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Livestock & Aquaculture
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Logistics Transport & Retail