6 December 2017
AUSY announces its partnership with the business AgreenCulture as part of the Centéol Challenge 2018.

The business AgreenCulture has developed Centéol, an autonomous agricultural robot which collects data and completes agricultural tasks with a high level of precision in order to support agroecology.

With the objective of promoting Smart Farming, AgreenCulture created the Centéol Challenge 2018 project. This challenge involves the simultaneous operation of multiple agricultural robots in order to achieve the goal of placing 50 hectares of corn crops in a state of total autonomy

This challenge requires the production of agricultural robots as well as a recharging station capable of filling robot tanks with various inputs like seeds, fertiliser or water. On the software side, it was necessary to establish artificial intelligence that would allow the robots to work on the same surface without them impeding each other and still able to adapt themselves to an agricultural environment.

In order to complete this task successfully, AgreenCulture looked for companies with the technical capacities to support this project. AUSY wanted to get involved with this innovative Smart Farming project!

In this project, AgreenCulture faced two problems:

  • The recharging station gantry’s mechanical resistance;
  • The sizing of the transmission motor, according to the anchor point stresses and resistance of the robot’s tracks’ main module.

As an engineering service company, AUSY knew how to support the company with regards to these themes. Our engineers have contributed to the recharging base structure’s calculations as well as the anchor point stress and resistance calculations of the tracks’ main module. 

The Centéol Challenge will take place over eight months and involves six key steps:

  • October 2017: Soil analysis - The robot hauls a soil analysis tool every five metres in order to determine the ground's potential and what it lacks. We retrieve a very precise mapping of the area.
  • March 2018: Preparation of crop rows - Two robots will only work on the width of the rows in which the grain will be deposited.
  • April 2018: Modulation of seeds and localised fertilisation, three robots operate simultaneously on the same parcel. The first deposits the fertiliser. The two others sow while adjusting the density of the seeds according to the soil characteristics.
  • May 2018: Fertilisation post-emergence - The two robots give the correct dose of nitrogen to the corn
  • June 2018: Weeding - The two robots weed the cornfield up to 3 times
  • October 2018: Harvest

The most important part will take place in 2018. AUSY will follow the challenge’s developments in the coming months.

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