The robot can operate autonomously, without human intervention in a greenhouse to detect several pests. The robot has the ability to autonomously generate and follow routes in the greenhouse, avoiding humans and obstacles placed in way of route.
The robot is trained on the main pest and diseases of tomato and pepper, as those are the highest value crops, and is being tested in greenhouses in northern Spain.
A user interface is designed an built so farmers can access an online application to see the robot’s status and a map of healthy and infected zones with recommended actions.
One of the main challenges is that the robot works in a (semi-) indoor environment. If it works outside, it could use satellite navigation, but greenhouses have roofs with metal reinforcements, which degrade signals.
The robot is capable to identity where pests are located and then come back and treat them in a second phase. With the farmer’s instruction, the robot has the ability to spray the plant with pesticide.
The scanning of the greenhouse by the robot is based on IPM strategy algorithms. The robot start scanning and mapping of the greenhouse in the same time. If a pest is located the robot will scan the