Data key to smart farm­ing

Fish Farmer - - Aquacultur­e Innovation Europe – Start-ups -

GO Smart’s BioCam pro­vides cru­cial data for farm­ers so they can in­crease ef­fi­ciency, said busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing man­ager Ron Shavit.

The patent pend­ing tech­nol­ogy – ‘low cost and sta­tion­ary’ - gives pre­cise con­tin­u­ous mea­sure­ment and track­ing can op­ti­mise feed­ing, and im­prove FCR and fish growth per­for­mance, while re­duc­ing feed waste, and labour costs.

The all-in-one on­line in­te­grated sys­tem cal­cu­lates the ac­cu­rate fish weight, in ad­di­tion to the dis­tri­bu­tion of the cage pop­u­la­tion, to­gether with the in­te­grated oxy­gen and tem­per­a­ture sen­sors, all in the same hous­ing.

And it can con­nect di­rectly to the feed barge/ shore base in real-time, en­abling live ob­ser­va­tion dur­ing feed­ing.

The sys­tem is de­signed to op­er­ate au­tonomously in all weather con­di­tions, run­ning on so­lar en­ergy, and can be con­trolled re­motely via a user friendly web ap­pli­ca­tion.

Shavit said the com­pany, a spin-off of Gil­iOcean Tech­nol­ogy, can also pro­vide cloud data ser­vices and com­ple­men­tary man­age­ment soft­ware.

The main fea­ture of the de­vice is based on a unique im­age pro­cess­ing al­go­rithm and tools, and it will com­mu­ni­cate, via ra­dio trans­mis­sion with the shore base, to the cloud us­ing GSM com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The first pro­to­type is op­er­a­tional and has been tested in sev­eral sites, with around 100 per cent ac­cu­racy, said Shavit.

In the next ver­sion they plan to in­clude dis­ease mon­i­tor­ing and stress de­tec­tion as ad­di­tional fea­tures.

‘As fish must be fed ac­cord­ing to their ac­cu­rate weight, this data is crit­i­cal for the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of a proper feed plan, and this is the main fea­ture of our sys­tem,’ he added.

The sys­tem has been tested at sev­eral sites in Is­rael and the Mediter­ranean with great ac­cu­racy.

‘We es­ti­mate that one BioCam can in­crease the farmer’s net profit by at least 18 per cent …mainly as a re­sult from sav­ing on the over­head ex­penses of cut­ting down the grower time of the fish, and the im­prove­ment of the feed­ing ac­cu­racy.’

The busi­ness model is based on a one­off in­stal­la­tion fee, and then a monthly ser­vice charge and data. The ini­tial fo­cus is on large sup­pli­ers and grow­ers in the Mediter­ranean mar­ket.

Shavit said they al­ready have ‘sev­eral po­ten­tial cus­tomers’ wait­ing for demon­stra­tions, and they will be given the next stage units, cur­rently in pro­duc­tion, for longer tri­als. Now they are look­ing for $2.2 mil­lion over two years.

Most of the com­pe­ti­tion is in the sal­mon in­dus­try, but he be­lieved in the Mediter­ranean mar­ket niche there were not many com­peti­tors.

‘GoS­mart as­pires not only to be a tool for get­ting the data, but also to act as the data’s fi­nal sta­tion, col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion from mul­ti­ple farm­ing sites and build­ing a big data source of the in­dus­try, with com­par­isons be­tween dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions and grow­ers.’

Above: Ron Shavit ex­plains Go Smart’s tech­nol­ogy

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