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[L’industrie c’est fou] The SentiV robot examines agricultural plots from all sides

Moving from the fields to the agrishow corridors and at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in early January 2023, where it received the Innovation Award, SentiV is not sitting idly by. This robot, developed by Isère-based startup Meropy, monitors agricultural plots very precisely, autonomously traversing them and photographing them from all sides (above and below foliage) using two 12-megapixel cameras.

According to the Meropy website, the artificial intelligence algorithms that analyze the data collected by the robot allow it to “track the nutrient and water requirements of crops to modulate input data; identify the presence of bioaggressors: weeds (weeds), diseases and pests (invertebrates, birds, mammals); know the phenological stages to monitor the growth of crops; optimize phenotyping.

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Thus, the device will be able to check 20 hectares per day and will work along the perimeter predefined by the farmer in the software. Unlike traditional farming machines, the SentiV does not have a track or classic wheels, but has spider-like legs to move at a good pace. Thus, thanks to its light weight of 15 kg, it preserves vegetation and soil.

Potential commercialization in 2023

For the startup co-founders, Guillemin Raymond and William Gitton, the goal of developing SentiV is to provide “higher farm profitability (cost savings, improved crop yields and quality), a good quality of life for the farmer (saving time and convenience of work) and preserving the environment. environment (cost reduction and soil compaction).

William Gitton, interviewed by L’Usine Nouvelle in 2019 on the occasion of the International Forum for Agricultural Robotics, wanted to clarify: “Our robot sends maps back to the user, but is only an auxiliary tool. The farmer retains his agronomic experience and retains control over the decision.” At the time, Meropy hoped to bring its product to market in late 2020. With the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company will now target 2023 for SentiV marketing, which will cost the operator $5, according to Ouest-France. 000 euros per year.


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