The power of combining 3D with multispectral information for indoor farming

by Grégoire Hummel, CEO, Phenospex B.V.

PlantEye is a sensor designed to assess and monitor crops in any environment. The sensor provides resilient information on growth, biomass on a daily base and can quantify diseases, color and the quality of crops. PlantEye is an ideal tool for crop monitoring and to surveil the production process. Deviations or abnormal developments of crops can be identified on a daily- and objective base. Further this sensor can be used to optimize your crop management and develop light recipes.

PlantEye is used world-wide for many applications, ranging between R&D, crop monitoring, in-indoor farming and fully automated harvesting systems. We present a novel and unique sensor principle and show how the application of this sensor can generate value in the production of crops.



What drives you?
I believe that the industrial agriculture of today is running on costs of tomorrow. This needs to be changed. By applying smart concepts and technologies we can grow crops with less impact on our planet. We accelerate this process by delivering objective and precise information about crops and their performance with smart sensor technologies and robotics.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Learn what 3D and Multispectral data is obtained, what this data looks like and how it can be used to automate and optimize indoor farming. Additionally I present amazing data on the effects of LED lighting recipes on plants from experiments we did with OSRAM. Showing the power of our sensor as well as providing insightful LED lighting information.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
On the short run I see sensors that are fully developed to optimize single processes with great efficiency. On the long run these sensors will be combined in fully automated concepts that are ready to be implemented anywhere.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
As entire processes, from seeding until harvesting, will be automated the impact will be big. Labour costs go down and yields will grow.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The only barrier is the speed in which we can develop the technologies to tackle the problems we encounter today.

About Grégoire Hummel

Grégoire is CEO of Phenospex. He is a plant scientist and earned his PhD at the Research Center Jülich and Max Planck Institute Jena, two world leading institutes in plant science and is the co-founder of Phenospex. Phenospex develops sensors for digital plant phenotyping and screening used in plant science, agriculture and indoor farming.

About Phenospex B.V.

Phenospex is a sensor company based in the Netherlands. We develop unique 3D-multispectral laser scanners, specifically designed to assess crops. Our products provides many plant parameters like plant growth, biomass, plant health in real time and automate many processes in plant science, breeding and agriculture where precise information on plants is required. Our sensors are also used in smart farming/ farming automation robots as the “eye” that detects and analyzes the plants.

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