Hortisys – Innterconecta

Remote control of production and integration with consumer demand forecasts

Within the scope of the ERDF program (European Regional Development Fund) – INNTERCONECTA managed in Spain by the CDTI (Center for Industrial Technological Development), there is the project “Remote Control of Horticultural Production in Greenhouses and Integration with Demand Forecasts and Systems of Marketing ”whose acronym is HORTISYS.

The HORTISYS project, which has 4 Spanish partners, began in July 2013 and is scheduled for completion in December 2014. The participating partners are the ones identified below:

  • Parque Natural, Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza: Cooperative company of agricultural producers, whose main activity is the commercialization of products from the farms of their cooperatives.
  • Nazaríes Information Technologíes: Technological company specialized in the construction, development and implementation of WSN (Wireless Sensor Network) platforms, probes and sensors for continuous measurement of phenological parameters in crops.
  • Proyecta Ingenio: Industrial engineering company specialized in the design and construction of specialized systems for greenhouses.
  • Hispatec: Technological company specialized in information and communications systems in the field of the agri-food sector (us :-).

Project Objectives

The main objective of the HORTISYS project is the remote control of production, in particular of tomato and watermelon crops, in a greenhouse for:

  • Manage the crops in a way that adjusts the productions to the optimal marketing times in the main consumer markets.
  • Maximize productive yields of plants.
  • Biological planning of plants for the design of a predictive model of production.
  • Design of a demand estimation model based on temperatures and consumption history in the destination markets.
  • Design of a model of biological indicators that allow the producer to control his crop and adapt it to the potential demand calculated through the demand estimation model indicated above.

In order to carry out the processes necessary to meet the aforementioned objectives, a series of technologies have been implemented that provide:

  • An automatic data collection and continues over time through a set of probes and sensors that measure environmental and phenological parameters at crop sampling points.
  • A study process on the vegetative and generative process of the crop in order to know its phenological development.
  • A zoned climate estimation / prediction model.
  • A comprehensive scorecard of biological indicators that provide information on “the income statement of each plant”, that is, how the plant behaves, what production it is capable of generating, and ultimately, what productive potential it has.

All these data combined with the demand estimation model, will allow the producer to adjust its production to the needs of the market.