Jun. 18, 2019
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
The Cl4udIA Artificial Intelligence tool was launched in Brazil, which minimizes the spraying of agrochemicals and generates savings of up to 60% of pesticides. "These are machines that can perform tasks that are characteristic of human intelligence, able to evaluate, learn and solve problems while making the best decisions in fractions of seconds. The proposal seems futuristic, but it is already a reality, "according to Agres Agricultura Inteligente, which is one of the market leaders in the technology segment of Precision Agriculture.
The name "Cl4udIA" is an allusion to the Cloud + Artificial Intelligence, two pillars of the fourth industrial revolution, the famous Industry 4.0, applied in agriculture and is expected to completely change the management of crops and productivity rates.
Commercial director of Agres Agricultura Inteligente
"The domestic industry in the agriculture industry is already realizing that it needs to reinvent itself if it does not want to become a dinosaur. The competition only increases and only the best prepared will survive. So we bet that it will be our partner in this revolution," said Rafael Klein, commercial director of the company.
Inserted in IsoFarm, a product of Agres, Cl4udIA will initially work in two planting activities, fertilization and spraying. "With the support of an embedded vision system and state-of-the-art processors, coupled with our AI platform ready to select plants, a traditional spray system, for example, is able to make the application more effective, acting where it's really needed. This selective spraying brings enormous potential for savings, of up to 60% in inputs, as well as being more environmentally responsible," said team leader and technology director Ezequiel Kwasnicki, who for more than seventeen years worked for IBM, a reference company in artificial intelligence, with the Watson as a platform for Artificial Intelligence that is recognized and widely used in the market.
It complements this project by stating that all data collected in this spray operation, for example, will be applied in a truly intelligent manner, not just in descriptive reports or in diagnostics.
Team leader and technology director of Agres Agricultura Inteligente
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a wave or a trend, but is a reality that is embedded in the lives of all and is already used in agriculture in several countries, says Ezekiel. The project is so innovative that it has already attracted significant partners, including NVidia and The Weather Company. Cl4udIA will learn all about the soil, climate, and type of plant and invasive plants that grow in the area and, when passing on this information, may volunteer recommendations for improvements.
"With this information, the manager can make decisions in a shorter time and correct the failures that have occurred, generating savings in all farming processes," said Agres' chief technology officer.
To launch Cl4udIA, the company must invest some US$ 3 million in five years. Agres will also make available its Artificial Intelligence platform for all companies that want to take advantage of it, with catalog products or with customized project development, applying deep learning, machine learning and computer visions.
"We have brought the future to the present and we want to be the partners of rural producers in their journey towards increasing their productivity", noted commercial director Rafael Klein.
Created 15 years ago as a producer of solutions for Precision Agriculture, within the incubator project of Montana Agricultural Machinery, Agres Agricultura Inteligente is one of the leading brands in this segment, providing equipment for several manufacturers of agricultural machinery and implements in Brazil and abroad. Recently, it received an infusion of Italian capital.