Landify, Artificial Intelligence for Outdoor Cropping Systems Automation.

Landify is the advanced automation project in the agrotechnical field developed by Officine Agricole Milanesi (OAM).

It combines, with originality, hydroponich techniques with precision farming strategies.

Landify is the low-cost, modular electromechanical arm, controlled by an artificial intelligence system and environmental sensors (e.g.: light, water, pH, EC, temperature), can reach an area of 55 meters including an area of about 1 hectare.

What is it for?

Landify is able to monitor the condition of the entire field and proactively intervene as an artificial homeostatic agent to restore the planned stability conditions.

The technical and economic balance between the increase in yield per hectare, the reduction of crop losses and the levels of investment in infrastructure make Landify a rational choice for the farmer, able to revive the conditions of competitiveness of agriculture even in contexts where low labour costs cannot be accessed or where environmental conditions are not optimal.

How does that work?

Landify is an agBot class bot that combines the technique of hydroponich cultivation with the strategy of “central pivot irrigation”, rotating on its central pin restores ideal homeostasis conditions, optimizes resource consumption and helps to reduce environmental threats (predators and adverse climate events).

What benefits does it offer?

Landify represents the opportunity to rewrite the competitiveness of its agricultural business on the basis of new rules:

  • Increase yields per hectare by reducing the resources used.
  • Reduce repetitive human labor.
  • Exercise more control over the environment.
  • Reduce costs and use pesticides.

When will it be operational?

Landify agBot was selected as one of the winning projects of the OpenAgri call of the City of Milan funded by the European Union through UIA funds.

In coordination with the municipality, the staff of the “Urban Economics and Work Directorate, Economic Design Unit”, the numerous partners and university research centres involved in the project, were initiated feasibility studies and technical design, expected to lead to the implementation of the first POC by spring 2020.

Main elements

Using the central pivot irrigation technique, the electromechanical arm of 55m rotates on a central pivot.

Its terminal consists of a circular rail that acts as a support, a series of sensors for temperature, pH, humidity informs in real time the agBot on the soil conditions.

The electromechanical arm has functions of nebulization of nutrients, visual monitoring of the field and Sfalciatura of the vegetation, its functions include a lattice of IR radiators nested in the ground in order to influence the temperature (range 4-6 ° C ).