Seresco takes part in the CIP-OLIVE project with Spanish and Egyptian companies

Seresco takes part in the CIP-OLIVE project with Spanish and Egyptian companies

Seresco begins a new international project with great impact on agriculture. This project is  CIP-OLIVE, a collaborative project involving Spanish and Egyptian companies, which focuses on applying precision agriculture to olive-growing.

The platform, which employs IoT technologies and is cloud-based, will be able to monitor diseases and pests - focusing on withering due to Verticullium and the olive fly - with an early detection system and also to ensure efficient management of crop irrigation including salinity and humidity conditions, thus serving as an aid to the farmer in decision-making based on all available information.

Applying this system to precision agriculture will allow for improvement of farming practices in Egypt by reducing costs, improving productivity and promoting sustainability. The concepts from Internet of Things (IoT) incorporated into the project enable monitoring and remote control of different values, while cloud computing and artificial intelligence (IA) through fuzzy logic and machine learning (ML) techniques, such as reinforcement learning (RL), will also be utilized to develop systems that are expert in decision-making based on learning, data analysis and big data.

The R+D project for Technological Innovation is financed by the CDTI (Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) and its Egyptian counterpart, ITIDA, a union that attempts to promote collaboration between companies and research centers from both countries. It features a budget of more than 300,000 € and a time period of 2 years.

Seresco takes part in the CIP-OLIVE project with Spanish and Egyptian companies

Besides Seresco, the project also features collaboration from the Spanish Research Group AGR-216 on Agroforestry Pathology of the University of Cordoba, which will take part in the development of models that predict diseases and validate them in the field; and the Center of Soil Science and Applied Biology of the Segura (CEBAS-CSIC), which will collaborate on the analysis of soil humidity and salinity.

On the Egyptian side, the company Smartec System will also take part by developing the stations and devices for automatic data capture in the field, and so will the University of Cairo, whose engineering school will take part in designing the hardware platform, while its agriculture department will participate in the section on consulting and modeling of diseases and pests.