The use of the special signals emitted by Galileo (European navigation system) allows for a precise positioning solution to be obtained in a ‘light indoor’ environment such as a greenhouse. Unlike the traditional GPS system, the signals emitted by Galileo can be used to mitigate multipath reception errors.
The CTC Technology Centre presented this conclusion as part of the GreenPatrol Project: a European research project aimed at developing a robotic solution that optimises integrated pest control in greenhouses autonomously. María Campo-Cossío, the coordinator of the Navigation Systems and Robotics area of CTC, has been in charge of presenting the results achieved to date at CAPIGI 2018: an international reference event held in the Dutch town of Amersfoort, which specialises in the application of geospatial information to agriculture.
During her speech, Ms Campo-Cossío stressed that the GNSS signals emitted by Galileo are particularly suitable for precision farming solutions for partially covered areas, where roofs and plants introduce noise into the signal and degenerate the position. Today, the GreenPatrol Project team, led by the CTC, is processing the information obtained in the latest trials to evaluate which type of navigation sensors are most suitable for its prototype. The project, linked to the H2020 Framework Programme, is scheduled for completion on 30 April 2020.
The CTC representative’s presentation took place on the second day of this benchmark event in the sector. CAPIGI is an initiative that aims to facilitate relations between all the agents of the sector (governments, industry and researchers), with the purpose of stimulating the creation of synergies that promote the development of precision agriculture. During the event, it became clear that aspects such as the application of geospatial technologies to the agricultural sector increase the efficiency of processes, reduce costs and minimise environmental impact.