CropDiagnosis is a mobile application aiming to improve pest management decisions by making crop diagnosis more accurate, selection of chemicals error-free and application assisted by personalised instructions.
CropDiagnosis is a mobile application that revolutionises the way farmers deal with their cultivation issues. First, the application is able to automatically diagnose diseases, pests and other disorders by correlating the cultivation details (type, location, soil, history, etc) with threat characteristics (type, appearance, progress, etc) as entered by the user through a smart questionnaire. Then, with the diagnosis at hand, it offers a list of matching plant protection products that can mitigate the problem, respecting manufacturer indications and national chemical usage laws. Finally, it presents detailed and personalised application instructions for the selected product, computing the correct dosage according to the cultivation characteristics.
Goals & Challenges
The main challenge that CropDiagnosis faced was enriching the cultivations, pests and symptoms database in order to produce accurate recommendations. Thanks to open data set exploitation and strategic partnerships with data providers, the goals were met. Secondly, during the development the application needed to be validated and tested by users and potential customers. A subsequent challenge for the team was acquiring the relevant internal knowledge to effectively reach potential customers and gain visibility at a European level.
The choice of FIWARE
FIWARE came as a choice when looking for ways to validate the business idea by experts and use open and royalty-free technology. Funding without equity requirements and access to a wide European ecosystem, made FIWARE an easy choice.
Products developed with FIWARE
Thanks to the use of FIWARE technology, CropDiagnosis is developed efficiently without making sacrifices in quality or performance. The FIWARE ecosystem, as embodied by enablers, specifications, service providers, best practices etc, ensures the success of its development. Data visualization, cloud hosting, security and user interface tools have all been integrated within CropDiagnosis.
Benefits & accomplishments
Participating in FIWARE accelerator program has been essential for validating the business idea and developing the application. The team had the chance to:
• collect funds to further develop the project
• use the free, open source FIWARE technology
• be guided by experienced coaches and mentors
• participate in interesting events and find partners/investors, exchange knowledge and experiences
• access a global network