ROBOTICS AND HIGH TECH SOLUTIONS IN AGRICULTURE: SANT’ANNA SCHOOL BIOROBOTICS INSTITUTE and POR FESR TOSCANA 2014-2020 DEVELOP SMASH PROJECT for smart farming and sustainable agriculture technologies

The project developed by the Biorobotics Institute at Sant’Anna School with the financial support of POR FESR TOSCANA 2014-2020 is titled SMASH (Smart Machine for Agricultural Hightech Solutions). Smart farming based on robotics and IoT technologies will enable farmers to reduce waste and enhance crop yields by installing smart technologies to increase competitiveness and sustainability in their productions. In smart farming, the ecosystem is built for monitoring the crop field with the help of sensors to monitor light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, and, for example, to automate the irrigation system. The 2-year project SMASH aims at collecting data for monitoring grapevine and spinach yields.

SMASH gathers expertise from Tuscany academics (under the supervision of Professor Paolo Dario) and industry representatives. The SMASH consortium unites 11 partners focused on design and implementation of devices equipped with sensors, actuators, gateways, integration with the cloud-based platform including data analytics, remote management and web and mobile applications. The SMASH platform provides four modules: crop-field monitoring (AgroBot), soil monitoring (Plantoide), flying sensors (FlyBot) and ancillary equipment in the field (AncillaryBot). The major benefits of real-time data collection and processing include crop health imaging, integrated mapping, and surveying of agricultural land. From the data processing, growers can draw insights regarding plant health indices, plant counting and yield prediction, plant height measurement, quantity of fertilizers, drainage mapping, weed pressure mapping, etc.

The SMASH Consortium partners are: E.D.I. Progetti e Sviluppo srl, Yanmar R&D Europe srlAvmap srlBase srlSeintech srl, the Dipartimento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali dell’Università degli studi di Firenze, the Istituto Italiano di TecnologiaCopernico srlDorian srl,  Giuntini Filippo and Sant’Anna School Institute of Biorobotics.

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