Salamaq 2023: BISITE and AIR Institute highlight the importance of artificial intelligence in the primary sector

The Salamaq Agricultural Fair has once again confirmed the relevance of initiatives and events in Salamanca. On this occasion, the event has brought together hundreds of crop farmers, livestock farmers, companies, and sector professionals from all over the country, highlighting the vital importance of this sector for economic development.

As part of the new edition, at the Salamanca Exhibition Centre, researchers from the BISITE Research Group and AIR Institute have provided attendees with an insight into the fundamental role of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT) and blockchain and their relevance for the primary sector.

This time, BISITE and AIR Institute presented artificial intelligence and IoT projects based on recommendation systems, irrigation optimisation systems and sulphite reduction that generate various benefits at an economic and productive level. Some of these projects are:

  • ALARAD: multipurpose decision support system based on proximal and remote sensors. The project proposes a study of commercial solutions and a selection of sensors that measure parameters such as climatic conditions, light levels, soil characteristics, the presence of fertilisers and plant growth to improve crop quality and prevent losses.
  • IntelWines: implements new artificial intelligence techniques to optimise irrigation in vineyards and reduce sulphite content in the winery. The aim is to transfer the knowledge of experts in these technologies to a system that guarantees the quality of the wine that reaches the consumer.

The combination of exhibitions, stands, lectures and demonstrations creates an ideal environment in which to showcase the advances in technology and innovation that benefit the agricultural and livestock sector. We trust that our projects will help to promote the excellent work that is being done on a daily basis and which is showcased and publicised at each edition of Salamaq.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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