New Sensor System Ensures a Safe Harvest
Cluster of Excellence CITEC and the company CLAAS introduce research
Tractors and combine harvesters are frequently operated on difficult terrain. Crops such as canola and corn grow at different densities; the field is sometimes muddy and is rocky at other times; and plants often obscure the view of potential impediments. In order to enable harvesting machinery to efficiently and safely harvest crops despite changing conditions, a new system for environment detection has been developed by Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and CLAAS, an agricultural machinery manufacturing corporation located in Harsewinkel, Germany. The joint project is being funded as an innovation project within the it’s OWL technology network. The results of the project have been presented on 24 October at a workshop in the CITEC Building.
Harvest machinery operators are often only able to see a limited area around the machines. Plants further obstruct what can be seen, and beyond this, the machines themselves limit the view: harvest combines are sometimes as long as a truck. “We therefore had to develop a system that ensures that collisions are prevented, for example with wild animals,” says Jungeblut, an engineer who works in the Cognitronics and Sensor Systems research group at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC and in the Faculty of Technology at Bielefeld University. This group, headed by Professor Dr. Ulrich Rückert, conducts research on resource-efficient and micro-electronic systems, which are equipped with sensors such as color and infrared cameras, heat-detecting or distance sensors.
“This new system makes agricultural harvesting machinery more efficient and safer, thus increasing the quality of crop yields,” says Dr. Boris Kettelhoit, from CLAAS. “Damage to people and machines is prevented to the greatest extent possible, and stoppages are reduced.”
Innovation project “Electronic Environment Detection System for Harvesting Machinery:” https://www.its-owl.com/projects/innovation-projects/details/environment-detection-system-for-harvesting-machinery
Dr. Thorsten Jungeblut, Universität Bielefeld
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
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