Industrial cameras have been used by milking robots for a long time. However, the industrial cameras are able to accomplish more. For example, by combining two cameras, spatial vision is achieved, which can help determine routes between rows of plants, therefore replacing route direction via GPS. Furthermore, industrial cameras can document and monitor plant growth or populations. The requirements of an industrial camera in the field of agriculture are evident: First of all, an industrial camera, like all outdoor applications, must be able to withstand adverse conditions, and secondly, as it relates to lots of applications related to food products, it must have a high colour fidelity.
Example applications in agriculture
- Monitoring of plant growth
- Detecting weeds or pests to enable targeted control
- Milk robots
- Monitoring beehives
- Harvesting machines