A few days after the end of the world event dedicated to theagricultural robotics industry, it’s time to take stock: more than1,500 participants from over 50 countries gathered in Toulouse, France, and online to discover some thirty autonomousmachines.
The sixth edition of the event was packed with announcements,including the presentation of new models of agricultural robots,the launch of the “AgRobotics Land” territorial brand, two awardsfor agricultural robotics young companies and startups, and twosave-the-dates: the official launch of FIRA USA 2022 in Octoberand World FIRA 2022 in December.
New models of agricultural robots at World FIRA 2021The French company Naïo Technologies presented its brand newrobot model: Orio. Intended for field crops, Orio’s main functions areseeding and hoeing.
For its part, the Danish manufacturer Agrointelli unveiled its new model Robotti LR – Long Range. Its greater autonomy and its unique engine, which uses space in the modules, for a diesel tank with a capacity of 330 liters, allows the robot to operate up to 60 hours without stopping before refueling.
As for Exxact Robotics, the French company presented its compactsingle-row straddle robot, Traxx, while the Rennes-based start-upTibot Technologie presented the T-MOOV, a poultry robot with aredesigned design to meet the needs expressed by its network ofmore than 200 breeders who already use the Spoutnic robot.
Awards: and the winners are…This year, two awards were held during World FIRA.First, the second edition of the Best Field Robot Concept 2021 (BFRC), co-organized by FIRA and Future Farming magazine announced the following winners:● Category « Specialised » : Bale Hawk de Vermeer,● Category « Multipurpose » : Roboter de Horsch,● Category « Harvesting » : Eve de Ripe Robotics.
A jury of international experts selected their concepts from among the most promising robot concepts that have been covered on www.futurefarming.com in the past 12 months and those that responded to a call from FIRA and Future Farming.
At the Best Innovative Ag Robotics Startup 2021 Award, E-Terry was awarded the top prize. The German startup was awarded for its technology, business model, market potential and team, among 11 startups that pitched to investors on December 7 during the World FIRA.
The new AgRobotics Land brand says “Bonjour” to Agricultural RobotsThe World FIRA 2021 was also an opportunity to present the new”AgRobotics Land” territorial brand. Inaugurated on December 7,AgRobotics Land embodies the dynamics of southeast Toulouseand its region, a center of gravity for agricultural robotics opento the French and international ecosystem. A mapping of theexpertise offered by the region was presented on a dedicatedstand. This directory is also available on the agrobotics-land.comwebsite, already online.
About thirty agricultural robot demosHarvesting, crop control, weeding, disease detection, breeding… So many automated functionalities present at World FIRA 2021. A series of workshops also provided an opportunity to take stock of the various autonomous solutions available to producers.
Livestock farming was well represented with Lely and its startups Datamole, Ilmens and Cynomis, as well as poultry robots from Tibot and Octopus Biosafety. A workshop dedicated to harvesting and picking solutions was also a hit, with the new broccoli picking robot from Agrointelli, or the presentation of robots from Advanced.farm and Harvest CROO Robotics.
3rd Scientific Workshop by RobAgri and INRAe, in collaborationwith Wageningen U&R and the University of CaliforniaFor its 3rd edition, the International Scientific Workshop aims to exchange on scientific progress allowing robots to become an efficient tool for farmers. Moderated by Roland Lenain, Director of Research at INRAE, a dozen projects were presented in three main sessions:● Decision of a mobile robot for adaptation to a variable context and task● Autonomous navigation for the farm● Interaction with farmers and acceptability of robotics