Innovative Farmers Monitoring App

Story of Farmers Monitor Crops from Eyes in the Sky

Using satellite data from the UN, & the implementation of Machine Learning, PlantVillage monitors biomass on a plot of land, giving farmers insight into how their crops are growing.

About
Client
Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains
Client

Associate professor of entomology and biology, Penn State

Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains
Region

USA

Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains
Solution

AgroTechnology, Machine Learning, AI

Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains
Word from Client

We are providing solutions to farmers and extension workers by leveraging advances in AI, mobile phones, drones, satellites, and nanotechnology. We don’t think technology alone is the solution, but we do believe they have the potential to help smallholder farmers.

Objectives
Help farmers

tackle crop disease, adapt to the changing climatic condition, and save their crops from destruction.

Create a platform for

knowledge providers to share critical information to growers around the world.

Expected Outcome

Application to couple with the device's camera to capture images of diseased plants and provides the user with a preliminary diagnosis with a high degree of accuracy.

Q&A forum for folks around the world to pose questions about farming.

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Solution
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Possibly the world's largest free library of science-based knowledge on plant diseases. The still-growing site covers 154 types of crops and more than 1,800 diseases and now houses the new image database.

Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains

The app offers advice that could help farmers learn about climate-resilient crop varieties, affordable irrigation methods, and flood mitigation and soil conservation strategies, among other best practices.

Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains

Farmers don't need much technical knowledge or literacy to use the app; they simply point a phone at the infested crop and the app will provide an accurate diagnosis using the talking AI assistant, Nuru.

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A computerized plant diagnostic system that boasts an algorithm capable of diagnosing 26 diseases in 14 crops with 99 percent accuracy. In essence, computers have been “taught” to diagnose plant diseases by comparing the images of healthy and diseased leaves.

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Once downloaded, the app does not require wireless access to cellular data or remote computing power .

Software Development Company, USA, India - Hidden Brains

"PlantVillage Nuru" can draw in data from the United Nations' WaPOR (Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data) portal, a database that integrates 10 years' worth of satellite-derived data from NASA and computes relevant metrics for crop productivity given the available water.

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Used by United Nations across 70 countries and 21 languages to help growers manage the invasive fall armyworm.

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Global Reach
  • FAO-FAMEWS

    Countries

    Malawi, Egypt, Togo, Guinea

  • PlantVillage Nuru

    Countries

    mainly Kenya

  • eLocust3m

    Countries

    Uganda, Kenya, Pakisthan, India

  • FarmerZone

    Countries

    India

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Key
Finding

The Penn State researchers rigorously tested the performance of the machine-learning models with locally sourced smartphones in the typical high light and temperature settings of an African farm. In these tests,

the app was shown to be twice as good as human experts at making accurate diagnoses,

and it increased the ability of farmers to discover problems on their farms.

Impact on
the Business

  • 20k+

    APP downloads

  • 50k+

    active users

  • 50%

    improved in yield

  • 3m+

    impressions

  • 100+

    Clicks

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Challenging
Features

  • Diagnose crop diseases
    Diagnose crop diseases, even without an internet connection
  • Integration of TensorFlow
    Integration of TensorFlow, open-source software for numerical computation using data flow graphs.
  • Maintaining a high accuracy
    Maintaining high accuracy level for disease detection
  • Integration of satellite weather
    Integration of satellite weather data to predict weather condition
  • Power BI
    Power BI to present recorded disease data on the map so scientists at Penn State can take decisions and inform the respective government to take precautionary action.
Hidden Brainspath tothesolution
  • Kanban approach to managing work with multiple stakeholders
  • Used Trello Board, to maintain complete transparency of the Work
  • Incremental release of new features that kept the users motivated with new improvements
  • Onsite visits with the client to the targeted countries to understand underlying problems
  • A dedicated team helped a client with the flexibility of scaling up and down

In Talks

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