Smart Smiley sensors

The TEAM Group - a group of companies that was established in 2009 with the aim of providing the farming sector with "turnkey" precision agriculture solutions - is pleased to introduce SMART SMILEY, a new and innovative series of sensors composed by two models, MECS-VINE (monitoring of vineyards, orchards, etc.) and MECS-CROP (monitoring of row crops like tomatoes, corn, etc.).
The two SMART SMILEY sensors have been jointly designed, developed and patented by the companies of the TEAM Group with the aim of creating subject-based maps with a level of significance at least similar to the one that was once achieved only thanks to multispectral satellite data. The level of detail these brand-new sensors can achieve is even higher than the one reached in the past with satellite or drones. Our sensors allow going beyond the operation limits of the proximity sensors that have been developed to date; exactly these limits were those who prevented an extensive, simple and reliable use of this technology.

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MECS-VINE sensor

MECS-VINE (Micro Environment and Canopy Sensor, VINE version) is a multi-parameter sensor specifically developed for the characterisation of the vegetative canopy and the micro-environment in vineyards, orchards, ecc.).
MECS-VINEcombines a GPS receiver and a series of sensors able to record the following parameters: Canopy Index (CI), ambient temperature, surface temperature of the grapevine/fruit canopy, distance from the target vine/tree measured by an ultrasonic sensor.
The sensor features a special orientation and a wide angle of view which allow to collect data easily, since the sensor is not affected by grass that may be found in the inter-row space or under the rows. Furthermore, the Canopy Index measurements are not affected by variations of light on plants (presence/absence of clouds, elevation and angle of the sun, shading, etc.).
MECS-VINE can also be used to control VRT-enabled machinery in real time; in that case, the data collected by the sensor attached to the front of the tractor are used to adjust the work done by the machinery (sprayers, pruning machines, leaf removal machines, etc.) attached to the back of the tractor.

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MECS-CROP sensor

MECS-CROP (Micro Environment and Canopy Sensor, CROP version) is a multi-parameter sensor specifically developed for the characterisation of the vegetation canopy and of the micro-environment of row crops (tomatoes, corn, etc.).
MECS-CROP combines a GPS receiver and a series of sensors able to record the following parameters: Canopy Index (CI), ambient temperature, crop temperature, relative humidity.
The sensor features a special orientation and a wide angle of view that allows covering a width up to 20 m transversely with respect to the direction of the tractor.
Furthermore, the Canopy Index measurements are not affected by variations of light on plants (presence/absence of clouds, elevation and angle of the sun, shading, etc.).
MECS-CROP can also be used to control VRT-enabled machinery in real time; in that case, the data collected by the sensor attached to the front of the tractor are directly used to adjust the work done by the machinery (weed wipers, etc.) attached to the back of the tractor.

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MECS-MAPS software

The post-processing software, MECS-MAPS, turns the data collected by the sensors MECS-VINE and MECS-CROP, recorded in log files, into a sequence of levels of information that are made available as overlapping maps. Thanks to MECS-MAPS, users can use the log files recorded by the sensor to set up customised work programmes. These programmes will help them perform VRT activities in the field by means of VRT-enabled agricultural machinery (fertiliser spreaders, manure/compost spreaders, weed wipers, irrigators, rippers to underground liquid manure, harvesters, etc.).

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TEAM Group

TEAM is a group of companies (Studio di Ingegneria Terradat, Appleby Italiana, Casella Macchina Agricole) that was established in 2009 with the aim of providing the farming sector with "turnkey" precision agriculture solutions. Its products range from data collection and processing to subsequent data management by means of electronic devices and dedicated agricultural machinery able to perform VRT (Variable Rate Technology) activities in the field.
It is a group of three companies that, thanks to the particular synergy created between the respective know-how and operational areas, presents unique features in the Italian and international scene. This specific nature makes the TEAM Group able to provide to clients of all sizes the most advanced and effective technologies in the emerging business area called "Smart Ag".

Studio di Ingegneria Terradat di Paolo Dosso

via Andrea Costa, 17, 20037 Paderno Dugnano (MI) - Italy
phone/fax: +39 02 91703372
email: info@terradat.it - web: www.terradat.it

 

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Appleby Italiana s.r.l.

via Emilia, 246/A2, 29010 Roveleto di Cadeo (PC) - Italy
phone: +39 0523 508920 - fax: +39 0523 500483
email: info@applebyitaliana.com - web: www.applebyitaliana.com

 

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Casella Macchine Agricole s.r.l.

Loc. Cimafava, Cà Vezzeno 1/A - 1/B, 29013 Carpaneto Piacentino - Italy
phone: +39 0523 853911 - fax: +39 0523 859580
email: info@casella.it - web: www.casella.it

 

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