Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence in Livestock Production!

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by Kristóf Nagy, CEO, Serket B.V., specialised in Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence.

Introducing problems and current trends in pig production and providing a possible solution with Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence!
Example: SERKET is an innovative and disruptive Animal Recognition Software for Livestock, tailored for the pig industry, which is based on deep learning algorithms able to detect animals in images and monitor their health. SERKET uses anomaly detection to identify animals’ abnormal behavior and support the farmers in the implementation of the most reliable and efficient solutions for livestock management.

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Costs and unfamiliarity with new technologies are barriers for their implementation

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says Lenny van Erp, Professor (UAS) Precision Livestock Farming, HAS University of Applied Sciences and moderator of the Smart Farming Conference about new technologies.

About Lenny van Erp
Lenny van Erp has an MSc in Animal Science and a PhD in Veterinary Science, with farm animal health and behaviour as her field of expertise. She focuses on precision livestock farming, with projects on (sensor)technology and data in farm animals. At HAS University she initiated the Precision Farming Platform and the Minor Smart Farming.

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Blockchain: a powerful tool for creating trust in the food chain – Presented by Louis de Bruin, IBM

Blockchain: a powerful tool for creating trust in the food chain – Presented by Louis de Bruin, IBM at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

A brief explanation that makes Blockchain understandable for everybody, followed by some of the key components of Blockchain. Subsequently examples of Blockchain featuring IBM’s Food Trust solution with world players as Walmart, Unilever, Nestlé. Finally some hints and tips on how to start with Blockchain.

About Louis de Bruin
Louis de Bruin is Blockchain Leader for IBM Global Business Services in Europe. He has early on recognized Blockchain’s potential to improve and simplify cumbersome processes in complex ecosystems. This is in particular the case in supply chains where large amounts of data are exchanged between many parties. Louis is closely involved in IBM’s Food Trust Solution where Blockchain is used to drastically improve the transparency in the food chain. For this reason he works closely with retailers, and companies and organizations in the food chain and government institutions. He leads a number of Blockchain development project such as the formation of a Blockchain consortium that includes insurance companies and government institutions such as a Vehcile Licensing Agency, Police to provide the public a solution that reduces vehicle related crime, based on the award winning Bikeblockchain, that IBM co-developed. Louis is also closely working with the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric effort, an open source technology used by IBM to develop many enterprise grade Blockchains. He has been appointed to the Strategic Adivsory Board of the Centre for Resilience Engineering of the four collaborating Technical Universities in the Netherlands. In this capacity he advises companies on the use of Blockchain in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals and the Critical Infrastucture Protection Forum. Louis is board member of the WSB foundation that drives the adoption of renewable energy and actively works with schools and universities to help young people to build a future with sustainable energy. Louis is co-author of the book “Working with Blockchain” with preface of Mr Dijsselbloem, former president of the Eurogroup. He frequently speaks at international Blockchain events and as guest lecturer he teaches at universities throughout Europe and acts as advisor to government officials and Members of (European) Parliament.

Interview 
What drives you?
Blockchain is a force for good, brining us us the chance to bring trust and transparancy to mass audiences without a middleman. And that is just the beginning. But it does not happen by itself. I want to help drive the Blockhain revolution and create a better world for us and future generations.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A Rai stone, a good book and most of all, good company.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
A world that is sustainable, bringing higher quality of life for humans, animals and plants

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Resistance to change, the wish to make a quick buck, a lack of understanding

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
How to engage in Blockchain and apply the concept to better processes in an ecosystem in which they operate

About Smart Farming Conference
The Smart Farming Conference is part of the two-day Agri Food Innovation Event (June 27-28, 2018) which includes four dedicated conferences (Healthy Nutrition ConferenceVertical Farming Conference3D Food Printing ConferenceSmart Farming ConferenceCentral expo , a 3D Food Printing Masterclass and a Networking Dinner.

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data, AI and more
  • Precision agriculture
  • Precision Livestock Farming
  • Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
  • Investment in R&D
  • New business models
  • Cross disciplinary themes

Who should attend?
Farmers | Growers | Agricultural industry | Technology suppliers (corporate, start-up) | System integrators | Governmental bodies (Local, Regional, National) | Project developers | Finance / Consulting | Logistics suppliers | anyone interested in smart farming

 

 

World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner

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World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot is delivered to its new owner

The world’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot has been delivered to its new owner, a French asparagus grower. The robot is called Sparter and was developed and built by Dutch start-up Cerescon in close cooperation with Dutch and German asparagus growers.

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IoT applications for farmers – Presented by Pieter Hoenderken, Het Internet Huis

Pieter Hoenderken

IoT applications for farmers – Presented by Pieter Hoenderken, Het Internet Huis, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

There’s much told and written about the practical implementation of Internet of Things on the farm. is it all about ‘big data’, portals and machine learning or does IoT really support the labor on the farm. This presentation will demonstrate a number of applications based of IoT. the presentation also will talk a little bit about the near future. Continue reading “IoT applications for farmers – Presented by Pieter Hoenderken, Het Internet Huis”

From Robotics to IoT Bosch’s activities in the Smart Agricultural field – Presented by Thijs Verploegen, Robert Bosch Start-up

Thijs Verploegen

From Robotics to IoT Bosch’s activities in the Smart Agricultural field – Presented by Thijs Verploegen, Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Bosch wants to make agriculture more sustainable and more efficient. One key to higher yields and more efficiency in the field is connectivity. Smart farming and the connectivity of agriculture are catapulting farms into the future – and are also driving forward new technologies at Bosch. From powertrain systems for tractors and hydraulic solutions for agricultural machinery to connected products for smart farming, the company is transferring automotive technology to agriculture.

About Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH
As a start-up of the Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH we aim to optimize agricultural production processes. The “Deepfield Connect” product range offers networked measuring systems designed to increase production output and improve quality assurance. Continue reading “From Robotics to IoT Bosch’s activities in the Smart Agricultural field – Presented by Thijs Verploegen, Robert Bosch Start-up”

Google’s Alphabet pushes smart tech into farming

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Google’s Alphabet pushes smart tech into farming

Farmers could get a helping hand in the form of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at improving the production of food.

Or at least that the plan of X, the experimental tech and R&D division of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

It’s head, the excellently named Astro Teller, revealed the Alphabet’s latest AI ambitions at the EMTech Digital even run by MIT Technology Review, where he explained that machine learning could be used with drones and robots to figure out the best time to harvest crops and farm in parts of the world messed up by climate change, as well as better predicting how pests can affect food production.

“I’ve been saying for years that agriculture, food production [is] one of the biggest industries in the world, it’s one of the least digitally enabled, technology enabled industries in the world, and it’s one of the […] limiting steps for humanity,” said Teller. “So it has been true for a long time that X was like ‘we have got to do a moonshot, maybe several moonshots, in this space.” Continue reading “Google’s Alphabet pushes smart tech into farming”

Delair is chosen as a John Deere partner to enable drone-to-tractor actionable insights

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The John Deere Operations Center is a portal to connect machines, operators and fields, allowing users to optimize agricultural data management.

Delair works with John Deere to enable drone-to-tractor actionable insights. Thanks to the integration between the two companies’ platforms, customers can directly transfer the business insights, such as scouting maps, precision ag maps for zone management, as well as field inventory maps, from the Delair platform to the JD Operations Center. The machines on the field can then use these insights to automate:

  • Precision replanting
  • Precise herbicide application
  • Farming with management zones

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Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects so they are accepted in the colony

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Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects in the hope the creatures’ sensitive antennae and ability to squeeze into small spaces can be put to use serving humans.

With a soft electronic whirr, a rather unusual looking ant trundles along behind a column of its arthropod comrades as they march off to fetch some food.

While the little insects begin ferrying tiny globules of sugar back home, their mechanical companion bustles forward to effortlessly pick up the entire container and carry it back to the nest.

It is a dramatic demonstration of how robots can be introduced and accepted into insect societies.

But the research, which is being conducted as part of the EU-funded CyBioSys project, could be an important step towards using robots to subtly control, or work alongside, animals or humans.

‘The idea is to be able to solve (a) problem with a better solution than they (the robots and insects) can produce individually,’ said Dr Bertrand Collignon, who is leading the research at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Continue reading “Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects so they are accepted in the colony”