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H2020: Farmers and wine-growers are sought for SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020 by a French SME

Country of Origin: France
Reference Number: RDFR20200207002
Publication Date: 7 February 2020

Summary

A French SME with high expertise in connected GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers, big data and 3D HD maps is developing a proposal for the topic Horizon 2020 call SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020. The project is aimed at developing an EGNSS solution for vineyard operations, using autonomous agricultural robots. To complete the consortium, farmers and wine-growers are sought as end-users to test the solution. R&D collaboration is sought.

Description

Precision agriculture, mapping and surveying have been the pioneers in the use of GNSS. Taking advantage of additional accuracy and features offered by EGNSS (European Global Navigation Satellite System) will lead to a more efficient agriculture and to a conservative use of fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals. 
Vineyard owners and their employees could benefit widely from EGNSS applications are they are significant users of chemicals. Furthermore, using precise autonomous vehicles will improve productivity and decrease costs in this sector with a very limited level of automation.
For those reasons, the French company proposal aims at making more affordable and easier-to-use EGNSS solutions for precise agriculture applications.
The developed GNSS receiver targets an absolute accuracy in the range of the decimetre without the need of a local base station. Moreover, the standalone receiver has been designed to be deployed on any type of four-wheel vehicles without any need to alter mechanically or electrically the vehicle.
Today, the consortium includes three SMEs and two universities and targets the “agriculture” challenge under the topic “EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment” (SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020) of Horizon 2020.
To complete its consortium, the French company is looking for several farmers and wine-growers as end-users in the project:
• To establish the needs expressed today by wine-makers and wine-growers (customer requirements)
• To deploy the GNSS receiver on motorised vehicles such as tractors or quads in order to test the application developed within the project.
• To evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of the developed products during the project.

Deadline for EOI: 20/02/2020
Deadline for the call: 05/03/2020

Advantages and Innovations

The consortium has already a strong expertise in GNSS receiver and algorithm development. 
The developed GNSS receiver is electrical self-sufficient and so does not need to be connected to the vehicle’s battery. The receiver is composed of several sensors (inertial, GNSS and vision) aiming at achieving an accuracy of at least 30cm without the need of a base station.
Several farmers involved in precision agriculture have been approached and are willing to take part in this project as potential end customers.
In order to enrich the consortium, farmers and more particularly wine-growers interested in precision agriculture are sought to take part of this project as potential end customers.

Requested partner

Type of partner sought: farmers and wine-growers

Role of partner sought: end-users to test the applications developped within the project : to establish the wine-makers needs, to deploy the GNSS receiver on motorised vehicles, to evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of the developed products.

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