AI to map Australian vineyards

By Rachel Arthur contact

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An agricultural software project has set out to map and identify vineyards in Australian wine regions, with the aim of ultimately providing information about grape health and yields fast and accurately.

Using advanced machine learning and high-resolution satellite images, the GAIA (Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture) software can provide insight into the health and quantity of vineyards across the country in real time.

Over time, GAIA’s algorithms will be able to highlight more information about vineyards, such as reporting the impact of weather-related damage.

Reporting information

The GAIA technology is being unveiled this week at the GeoSmart Asia & Locate Conference 2018 in Adelaide.

It is a cloud-based, automated solution for vineyard identification and mapping: aiming to identify and map every vineyard in Australia every year. It will also be able to predict crop yields more accurately and faster than is currently possible, which will eliminate cost burdens associated with other forms of crop monitoring.

The software has been developed by Consilium Technology, in partnership with DigitalGlobe and industry association Wine Australia. DigitalGlobe – which provides high-resolution Earth imagery – will provide the software with a library of satellite imagery.

The initial project will see GAIA deployed in Australia’s wine regions to provide accurate, timely and cost-effective information about vineyards.

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said, ‘Moving to a technology-based solution improves accuracy and timeliness and removes a reporting burden from our grapegrowers.’

Related topics: R&D, Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cider

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