Plantai, a Brazilian startup, announced this month the launch of the very first application of the market that provides citrus crop estimates based on photos taken from a cell phone.
Elaborated with Artificial Intelligence and intensively tested in the field, its objective is to give the entire citrus production chain an extremely simple, cheap, fast and uncomplicated way to obtain a number of fruits existing in citrus tree and in an orchard.
The subjectivity, reliability, storage and analysis of information collected in the field have always been challenging elements in the history of citrus crop estimation in the world. Thus, with just one cell phone in hand and some photos of their orchards, small, medium and large producers will obtain a second number of the fruit population of their orchards in an objective and scientific way to better target their estimates.
Knowing the technological, infrastructural and cultural limitations, Plantai has created an application that does not need an Internet connection in the field for automatic counting and fruit estimation. The producer can even simply take pictures with the built-in camera application of their cell phone and then open them in the Plantai app for counting and estimating. Very few photos are needed in a plot to automatically count the fruit and display the estimated results.
Adverse environments such as: high density planting, very big trees, little space between the planting rows, luminosity, time of the photo shoots, very green fruits equal to the leaves do not impede the use of Plantai.
Because of the ease and technology used, the grower will be able to follow the evolution of the number of fruits in his orchard from the stage where the fruit is still green. Just photos of one side of the orange tree are enough.
Three consecutive harvests were used to validate the statistical model of the Plantai which took into account the variety, age and size of the fruits. As the variability between orchards of the same farm, regions and countries is high, it is possible to make specific changes by further adjusting the statistical model and its parameters to better reflect the local reality of the crop being estimated.
With the Plantai method you can make several yield maps at various times during a crop. You have several "radiographs" of the evolution of what is most valuable in your orchard: your fruit. With a few photos the yield of the plot is estimated and with many photos the yield map is created.
Until October 22, 2020, when the Plantai application will be officially launched on the market, Plantai startup saves a surprise for those who are interested in the use of this technology and make a contact through the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PLANTAI application will be available for Android and iOS systems. Currently it is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish.