Aurea Imaging, a crop intelligence provider for fruit growers, announced the launch of TMS TreeScout®, a fully integrated tractor-mounted sensor for precision orchard management. Powered by AI and 3D computer vision, TMS (Tractor Mounted Sensor) TreeScout helps farmers with tasks including tree scanning, blossom mapping and vigor scoring of trees.
The market is challenging for fruit growers and orchards. Orchard owners must adapt to lower prices, budget for higher costs, navigate labor issues and respond to pressures to reduce their environmental impact. AI-powered TMS TreeScout is a high-precision farming solution that gives fruit growers complete control over data collection, analysis and execution without the need of external services or third parties to help manage it. TreeScout works seamlessly with all major root pruners, sprayers and data platforms, enabling farmers to give each tree what it requires to thrive, while also saving on water, fertilizer and labor expenses.
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Mounted on the grower’s tractor, TreeScout contains a high-definition 3D computer vision system and edge computing processing capacity that integrates with existing RTK-GPS equipment. The TMS TreeScout scans the trees in high definition while driving through the orchard, spraying, spreading or mowing, and then collects and uploads data to the cloud. Once the data is analyzed, farmers receive prescription maps with insights on individual trees, which enables growers to provide every tree with tailored care.
“We are on a mission to unlock the potential of every fruit tree,” said Bert Rijk, CEO and founder of Aurea Imaging. “The TMS TreeScout ensures farmers finally have a precision orchard solution that gives them control of their orchards to maximize profits.
The TMS TreeScout was born out of the experience. Aurea Imaging founder Rijk grew up on a farm in the Netherlands and saw firsthand the problems farms had collecting actionable data to help their business. Most of the data collected was about entire farms, which offered farmers few avenues to improve since customized treatment is necessary for every tree. TreeScout addresses these challenges and helps farmers produce more food while also protecting the environment.