Efarm.Pro: autonomous system for demining fields in Ukraine

09-05-2023 | |
A tractor-mounted system capable of withstanding an explosion. - Photo: Efarm.Pro
A tractor-mounted system capable of withstanding an explosion. - Photo: Efarm.Pro

While 40% of the fields in Ukraine is now unsafe for cultivation and contaminated with explosive devices, Efarm.Pro develops a demining complex which includes: a drone, a demining robot, an autopilot and a tractor-mounted system capable of withstanding an explosion.

The system is controlled remotely from a safe distance, which makes it impossible for a person to be at risk. In this way, the lives of people working in the field will be saved. The author of this project is Oleksandr Prykhodchenko, owner of the company ‘Gardarika Tres’ and CEO of the Ukranian startup Efarm.Pro, which develops technological solutions for the agricultural sector – universal agronavigators and controllers.

Three levels of survey

The demining complex provides for three levels of survey of territories and disposal of dangerous objects:

  • First, the field is scanned by a drone equipped with appropriate sensors and the function of transmitting the exact coordinates of the location of the explosive devices with georeference. It detects explosives at a depth of up to 1 meter.

  • It is neutralized by a demining robot and certified sappers.

  • Next, a remote-controlled tractor with a trailed protection system goes to the field, it passes the top layer of the soil, which guarantees safe work.

The tractor works in autonomous mode without an operator in the cab. This excludes the possibility of his death or injury. In addition, the equipment is equipped with protective equipment that works according to the principle of a mine trawl. This process guarantees that nothing dangerous will remain in the ground. The system provides for automatic work on large areas with an accuracy of 2 cm along a given route. The tractor passes the field at a speed of 5 km/h, i.e., in a 10-hour working day, it is able to survey 20 hectares of land

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Ed Asscheman Online editor Future Farming