Digital technology is playing a game changing role and famously managing modern agricultural challenges including climate change, crop disease and enhancing farm productivity. The development of Pixofarm, an AI-based digital solution for accurate apple yield monitoring is a step forward in a smart and sustainable direction for apple growers worldwide.
UPL is entering an OpenAg Digital partnership with Pixofarm, the trail blazing and award winning AI-based app for orchard management and yield forecast.
Equipping apple growers with reliable orchard analytics, this unique app helps meet life resources more efficiently and gain the most from their orchards. It strengthens operational activities on the farmers' end such as marketing, logistics, packaging, and warehousing. As an OpenAg Digital Partner, UPL will maximize Pixofarm’s reach and make it available to apple growers in many countries.
Digital solution for an easy and precise fruit harvest and monitoring
Pixofarm empowers fruit producers worldwide to optimize their harvest, use resources efficiently and get the most out of their orchards by providing reliable yield monitoring and forecast data. All that the farmers need is a smart phone, with this data apple producers worldwide can increase their production and efficiently plan and optimize their operational activities.
Get the most out of your orchards using reliable yield monitoring and forecast data
Pixofarm precisely monitors and displays fruit count & size, growth rate, yield estimation, size-class distribution, production volume forecast; which in turn saves a grower's time and resources and reduces costs through an accurate predictive algorithm. The app is safe and effortless to use as the grower simply needs to fill in an initial required information about the block and then can directly head out of the block to take pictures on his mobile phone to obtain the apples' overall count. Whilst taking the pictures, a sticker needs to be placed on the apple as a reference point for an accurate measurement. As an alternative, a Bluetooth caliper can be connected to the phone and be used to collect the data. It takes the guesswork out of farming with zero hardware costs, data integration and providing reliable results.
Pixofarm is a digital solution which helps fruit producers optimize their harvest. Pixofarm does that by providing reliable yield monitoring and forecast data. The data for the analysis are collected by taking pictures of trees and fruits, so that no specific hardware is required, but a smartphone.
With the vision of becoming the World’s number 1 fruit yield monitoring and estimation tool, we want to empower fruit producers worldwide to assure sustainable production, get the most out of their orchards and increase the efficiency of the whole value chain.
Pixofarm provides status-quo information about how fruits are doing in the orchards, as well as forecasting information about the final harvest results. Our system does that by collecting data through tree and fruits pictures and analyzing the main variables out of the pictures and the condition of the specific block location.
Therefore, Pixofarm leverages Artificial Intelligence, to provide fruit growers and organizations with accurate data, to make more informed decisions and to allow them for a better strategical organization of pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest activities.
Pixofarm is an Austrian company, incorporated in Vienna in 2019.
Pixofarm started its commercial offerings from 2020 season in Europe. Now the company has clients in more than 15 countries in 4 continents and has been recognized by multiple global awards:
Yes, the solution is very user friendly and self it doesn’t need extra effort to get the required information. The user just needs to fill in some initial information about the block and then can go right away in the block to take pictures. The results are going to be shown on the app and on the online dashboard right away as soon as the phone is connected to the internet.
Currently, Pixofarm is available only for apples. Nevertheless, other fruit types (e.g., citrus fruits, pears, peaches) will be available starting from the 2022 season.
The online dashboard is the management tool of Pixofarm, where the user can check the results from all blocks. It is accessible from any computer with an internet connection.
On the dashboard, all blocks are shown. The related data can be viewed, compared, aggregated, and exported from here.
Also user management can be done in the online dashboard.
By “block”, we mean a production area where you have apple trees of the sa me variety and similar age, plantation system as well as treatment.
Data are collected via the Pixofarm app:
To calibrate the fruit counting system on the specific situation in your block a full manual count of the first selected tree is required. The system uses this input to understand the ratio of visible to hidden fruits in a picture. This step is very important, since this calibration will affect all further counts.
No, the fruits can stay on the trees when taking the pictures.
The results of the analysis are provided after completing each measurement round and are displayed in real- time both on the app and on the Pixofarm online dashboard. An Internet connection is required to get the results.
Pixofarm technology has been trained to have around 95% accuracy. To achieve the highest accuracy levels, the system relies on correct and precise inputs by the user. If the user doesn’t follow the simple protocols when doing measurements, the results can’t be very precise. We are always available to support the users in understanding how to collect the data at their best!
All smartphones currently on the market have the minimum camera features for taking the
pictures we need.
Please note that a 5years old smartphone, which is barely able to run the most common applications (e.g., WhatsApp or Facebook), will have some issues in supporting the Pixofarmapp.
There are no limitations on the number of users or devices used within a Pixofarm account. Moreover, the same user can be logged into Pixofarm app on multiple devices at the same time.
No, the stickers can be re-used multiple times and should be taken off the fruits after taking thepicture.
The Pixofarm app is available for both iOS and Android. Pixofarm online dashboard is available online and accessible from any browser.
Pixofarm is offering two main packages:
Monitoring package (Counting + Sizing) : only monitoring information is provided, namely:
The protocol is flexibly defined by the user.
Forecasting package: on top of monitoring information, also forecasts are provided:
The sampling protocol requires about 100 fruit pictures/block and about 10 trees/block.
Both packages include:
UPL Australia is offering free trial this season.
Growers can sign up for free trial but after 1st April if they want to continue using the tool they will pay fees (A$/hectare).