- Seasony secures a grant from the Danish Innovation Foundation for a project launching in Fall 2023.
- The project aims to develop image recognition algorithms for vertical farming in two tracks: poor seed germination and early detection of diseases and pests.
- Seasony’s mobile robot “Watney” will capture images to feed into the computer vision algorithms.
- The company will collaborate with existing vertical farm partners and seek pilot farms for testing.
Seasony, a leading company in mobile robotics for vertical farming, has announced the receipt of a grant from the Danish Innovation Foundation. The project, set to launch in Fall 2023, aims to develop image recognition algorithms that will assist vertical farm growers in identifying potential issues.
The project is divided into two tracks. The first focuses on identifying poor seed germination, allowing growers to conserve water, energy, and nutrients by not investing in faulty crops. The second track aims for the early detection of diseases and pests, enabling pre-emptive measures to be taken before problems escalate.
The Future of Food Production
The method aims to change food production by enabling year-round harvests, using 95% less water, and eliminating the need for pesticides. Seasony estimates that data-driven strategies can increase yields by up to 30% through reduced waste, efficiency gains, and higher crop output.
“This marks Seasony’s first significant foray into data analytics,” says CEO Christopher Thomasen. “While our primary focus remains on automating transport and data collection tasks, this new capability will deliver enhanced insights to our clients.”
The technology will utilize images captured by Seasony’s mobile robot “Watney,” which scans the farm throughout the day. These images will feed into the computer vision algorithms and be available to users in a straightforward gallery format.
Collaboration and Testing
Seasony plans to collaborate with existing vertical farm partners as the project progresses and is actively seeking pilot farms to test this transformative technology.
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