Fondazione Social Venture Giordano Dell’Amore

Agrorobotica

Agrorobotica is an innovative start-up created in June 2017 that deals with precision agriculture and farming management. It has developed SpyFly, a pest trap to be installed in the field that can: photograph, recognize and count harmful insects and transmit the results obtained in real time via smartphone and website: a benefit for the environmental sustainability, agro-food chain and consumer health. Agrorobotica is supported by Fondazione Social Venture Giordano Dell’Amore – the strategic and operational Foundation of Fondazione Cariplo in theimpact investing sector – which invested in the enterprise 300,000 euro.

Their flagship product is SpyFly, a robotic trap capable of attracting, capturing and recognizing pests and parasitic insects that are harmful to crops through sophisticated AI algorithms.

Each Spyfly is powered independently by solar panels and doubles as a weather gauge, collating information on the evolution of insects with respect to the climatic conditions.

Thanks to the technology developed, the farmer receives warning messages in the event of the presence of harmful insects allowing a prompt and effective intervention, only if necessary.

SpyFly is equipped with proprietary auto-adaptive algorithmsthat combine data collected from insect catches with those detected by installed sensors. The development of the Artificial Intelligence with which it is equipped is aimed at combining the data collected from multiple traps in order to create forecast models able to self-learn based on the place where they are installed. The spread of “SpyFly” represents a real revolution in the agricultural world as regards the monitoring of the state of health of crops and the integrated control of their pests.

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Impatto sociale

Contrast to food waste caused by the lost of harvest and reduction of the improper use of pesticides in crops, are two of the main factors of the positive environmental impact generated by Agrorobotica. The main problems affecting crops are the damages caused by parasitic insects: depending on the type of crop and vintages, the losses of the crop – in particular concerning vine and olive or fruit trees – fluctuate on average from 20% to 50%, resulting in a substantial waste of food and resources. The greatest problem for farmers lies most of the time in the inability to promptly detect the presence of harmful insects and to recognize their identity. This involves late interventions, with consequent loss of crops and, not infrequently, an improper and massive use of insecticides harmful to the environment and human health.
Anno di fondazione
2017
Tipologia
Start-up Innovativa
Sede
Scarlino (GR)
Settore
Agritech
In portafoglio dal
2020
Tipologia di investimento
Equity, Shareholder financing