Introducing Project Animus

From challange...

Climate change, a growing population and limited resources mean we have to produce more food under harsher conditions. Farms as a business need to increase productivity, reduce costs and be sustainable.

... a great idea ...

Our idea is simple – get all relevant data:
Weather Conditions, Horticultural Data, Soil Conditions, Location Data, Action Data and Plant Data

...and solution emerge

Using computers we can analyse data and provide instant, personalised advice to maximise yield while reducing production costs and keep production sustainable

With more participating farms over many seasons, our computers learn and improve, ultimately resulting in an estimated yield increase of 20% and a cost reduction of 15%.

Taking it all into account

Equally important to securing optimal conditions on the farm is selecting the right seed.

Traditionally it takes farmers 3-4 seasons to find optimal conditions for selected seed. They tend to stick with the same seed once they ‘figure it out’.

Farmer tries to learn as much as possible about different varieties of seeds on the market by talking to other farmers, seed distributors and manufacturers. They rely on experiential knowledge.

Animus can do much better. It knows the farm, its ideal conditions and what conditions are expected from the next year. It knows everything about the seed. It calculates all options, everything that can go wrong, with two goals, to minimize resources used and maximize yield. Animus knows the right seed for each farm.

Therefore it makes perfect sense to integrate Animus with seed distributors and manufacturers systems, making the circle complete.

Taking it all into account

Equally important to securing optimal conditions on the farm is selecting the right seed.

Traditionally it takes farmers 3-4 seasons to find optimal conditions for selected seed. They tend to stick with the same seed once they ‘figure it out’.

Farmer tries to learn as much as possible about different varieties of seeds on the market by talking to other farmers, seed distributors and manufacturers. They rely on experiential knowledge.

Animus can do much better. It knows the farm, its ideal conditions and what conditions are expected from the next year. It knows everything about the seed. It calculates all options, everything that can go wrong, with two goals, to minimize resources used and maximize yield. Animus knows the right seed for each farm.

Therefore it makes perfect sense to integrate Animus with seed distributors and manufacturers systems, making the circle complete.

What next?

Partnerships

Creating project like Animus is not easy this is why AppsForce, ISIS-IC and Open University decided to join forces. AppsForce provides its cloud systems, applications and software solutions and services. ISIS-IC provides its knowledge of digital sensors, digital technology, gateways and radio transmissions. Open University provides data scientists to build Analytics, Machine Learning models, and Artificial Intelligence Advise.

Building

We do not start from zero. Our partners have already ready made solutions and have experience required to build such project. This is why our target is 2020.

This project is financed by partners and  FOOD 2020 Phase II grant.

The first prototype will be ready soon, and we are looking for seed distributors and manufacturers to provide us with guidance and first farms where this system will be deployed.

How it will work?

Beauty is in simplicity. Farmers will get a few poles to stick in the ground and they will download mobile app. The system is fully automated, with zero maintenance cost and easy to use. In essence just like getting a text message, Animus will notify the farmer of everything that farmers needs to know or do. Yup. That simple.

Supported by:

Animus is supported by FOOD2020 Phase II. FOOD2020 Phase II is implemented within the INTERREG programme Deutschland-Nederland and is co-financed by the European Union, the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministerium für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten und Regionale Entwicklung of Lower Saxony, the Dutch Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat and the provinces of Drenthe, Fryslân, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Overijssel. It is supported by the programme management of the Ems Dollart Region. Lead partner is the DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V. in Quakenbrück.