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Machine Vision for Agriculture Solutions

Machine vision is part of many automation and robotics applications used in agriculture. Tractors drive autonomously, drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles record the condition of the soil, robots assist in milking, feeding, and harvesting. Inspection of seeds and produce for quality and grade is also performed with machine vision technologies.

Productivity, efficiency, and sustainability are some of the critical factors driving the adoption of automation technology in today's agriculture industry.

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Challenges of Today's Agriculture

  • Feeding the growing world population
  • Protection of the environment
  • Fulfillment of governmental regulations
  • Compensation of fast changing weather conditions
  • Limited resources like water and agricultural area
  • High production and labor cost
  • Lack of skilled workers
  • Increasing consumer demands

MVTec Software Enables Smart Agriculture Solutions

The flexibility and high quality of MVTec software contribute decisively to your sustainable economic success. The software architecture allows fast development of all kind of machine vision applications and thus the development of new automation solutions. This results in cost savings and an improved time to market for you.

Best-Practice-Solution: Efficient Plant Protection with MVTec

Plant protection is an important component of crop cultivation to ensure high yields and best quality. Growing objections and increasingly strict regulations of traditional protection methods are challenges that have to be faced. Therefore, it is necessary for crop protection products to be put to particularly efficient use. With the help of machine vision, it is possible to distinguish between crops and weeds in real time and to precisely apply the agent as you can see in the following video:

As shown in the video an industrial camera (multispectral image acquisition) is mounted on the sprayer and takes pictures of the plantation. The camera sends the data to an embedded device. This device runs machine vision software by MVTec and controls the application. The software uses deep-learning-based object detection to identify weeds between crops and gives the system the impulse to precisely apply the herbicide to the identified weeds.

The advantages are evident:

  • Targeted application reduces the environmental impact
  • Resources are used cost-efficiently
  • The result are high yields and best quality in harmony with nature conservation regulations and consumer wishes

See what others do:

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Fast and Performant Inspection of Rice Grains with HALCON Embedded

The Japanese company Kett Electric Laboratory researches, develops and sells agricultural measuring devices, among other things. For a company that...

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The sweet pepper robot SWEEPER detects and picks ripe crops using MVTec HALCON

The Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands developed a greenhouse harvesting robot, which is able to pick ripe crops. The shape-...

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Vision system sorts tomato seedlings - University of Wageningen

More than 150 million tons of tomatoes are produced every year around the world. With seedlings costing €0.25, plant growers such as Westland...

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Measuring Wheat Quality – TU Ilmenau

After harvesting, a high-speed machine-vision system can determine the quality and price of wheat

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Vision System Simplifies Robotic Fruit Picking – ACRO Institute

Robotic apple picker relies on a camera inside the gripper and off-the-shelf software

 

Shaping the Future of Agriculture with MVTec on Campus

A Program to Improve Machine Vision in Agricultural Research and Teaching

With the MVTec on Campus program we aim to pass on our experience and expertise and to help promote research on innovative machine vision technologies in agriculture. In order to accelerate research results, we strive for a mutually supportive partnership with universities. Therefore we are providing professors and lecturers with HALCON software free of charge.

 

Learn more about MVTec on Campus