Romovi - Modular and co-operative robot for hillside vineyards

Romovi - Modular and co-operative robot for hillside vineyards
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The RoMoVi Modular and Cooperative Robot for hillside vineyards is a project supported by COMPETE 2020, under the Incentive System for Research and Technological Development (eligible investment of 1027 thousand euros, resulting in an ERDF Incentive of 697 thousand euros).

Its main objective is to develop a robust, modular and extensible robot for monitoring and logistics operations, which will make it possible, in the future, to provide commercial solutions for hillside vineyards, namely the autonomous performance of operations such as:
  • Selective harvesting;
  • Grass growth control;
  • Autonomous spraying and fertilisation;
  • Weeding, pruning, trimming and pre-pruning.

RoMoVi aims to solve the fundamental problem of hillside vineyards, which have extreme operating conditions (steep slopes and temperature ranges, difficult access, etc.), as well as the need for a lot of labour, resulting in very high production costs. Therefore, the aim is to develop a platform that is both low-cost and extremely modular and versatile, so that it can integrate the most diverse types of payload, both sensors and actuators.

Consortium:
The project includes an entity specialised in each critical area of the project, namely SMEs and knowledge centres, in order to boost and create synergies that allow for greater innovation throughout the project's value chain. The organisations involved are
  • Tekever - Autonomous Systems (promoter)
  • INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science
  • ADVID - Association for the Development of Douro Viticulture
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Presentation of the project at Quinta do Noval and Quinta do Bomfim (Pinhão), 13 April 2017 - photos of the event.




 

Communications and other documents relating to the project

ROMOVI & PARRA : ROBOTICS TOWARDS AN ADAPTABLE AND ALL-INCLUSIVE SERVICE FOR STEEP SLOPE VINEYARDS - Poster

Romovi: Poster presented at the 5th International Viticulture and Mountain Congress , promoted by CERVIM. 29/03 and 01/04/2017