An Italian ICT company, thanks to european funding has collaborate with 6 european research centers to create an advanced Decision Support System (DSS) for precision viticulture, coffee, kiwi and other crops. This system is developed by combining satellite data with other data sources (ground-based sensors, manned and unmanned aircraft) and by including them in spatial data infrastructure (SDI) based also on machine learning approach. The end products are well-structured and user-friendly web decision support systems (DSS) for precision viticulture easily extensible to other crops.
This web based decision support system (DSS) allow single producer, consortia, association of producers or certification bodies, to benefit from timely and accurate information and suggestions, without disrupting the historically consolidated agronomical traditions and practices. Iit will be possible to fine tune wine production within the vineyard, maximizing the oenological potential and providing the decision-makers with daily information.
Hourly weather data are collected by the company’s data collection system. Mathematical models calculate every day, for each pixel, all the plant growth outputs and three-dimensional soil water balance and plant disease. The user can enter the actions performed in the field and correct the output of the models. The expert system combines all the output (models, forecasting, ground measurements), simulates the reasoning of the agronomist, and provides prescriptions and alerts. It is also possible to add direct observation by satellite and/or aircraft, and data measured on the ground manually. The system has the ability to manage all user permissions in reading and writing. Mobile and web user interface are also available.
The system is the product of 6 years of full-time research and development focused on an old system version and its development was funded by the European Commission.
The company is looking in the agrifood sector for:
- industrial partners for the installation of the system (antenna, receiver, server) at the clients' headquarters, under a commercial agreement with technical assistance;
- industries interested in IPR acquisition, under a license agreement;
- reseller or final users for the distribution and reselling of the services systems, under a commercial agreement with technical assistance;
- ICT companies or research center to further improvement of the system, under research cooperation or technical cooperation agreement.