Atos and Telespazio support farmers in their fight against invasive datura plant via Mundi platform

Deep Learning on drone and satellite images detects plots infected by the poisonous plant

 Paris, July 2, 2020

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, is extending the ecosystem of services offered by its satellite data platform Mundi Web Services by integrating Telespazio France's GeoAdventice application in order to respond to a major challenge for farmers, namely the expansion of datura, a toxic plant that grows across many crops.

Datura, a plant of South American origin, contaminates corn and green beans, making them unfit for consumption. In order to help cooperatives, seed companies and agribusinesses locate the datura among their crops, the GeoAdventice solution created by Telespazio France uses the resources of the Atos Mundi platform for deep learning to process tens of thousands of images taken by drone. 24 hours after a drone has flown over the crops, the mapped results are sent and presented to the farmer on a mobile application. With this information, farmers can adapt their harvesting strategy and intervene in infested areas, avoiding the downgrading of all or part of the crop on the plot.

In the long term, Telespazio France and Atos plan to extend their cooperation to manage the problem of grassing in agricultural plots more globally through the processing of drone, aerial and satellite images.

All data is processed using the computing capabilities of the Mundi Web Services cloud platform. This Earth observation platform, managed by Atos on behalf of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), enables third parties (industrial players, institutions such as national space agencies, SMEs and start-ups) to create innovative commercial services based on ESA satellite data. Atos and its partners design and market these new services. With this new project, the consortium has participated in the large-scale industrialization of GeoAdventice.

 "We continue to expand our Mundi platform with new solutions for the Agriculture of the future. Our partnership with Telespazio and the provision of GeoAdventice enables farmers to optimize the profitability and quality of their crops - which represents real societal added value and addresses one of the challenges associated with sustainable food production." said Stéphane Janichewski, Aerospace Market Director at Atos.

 "GeoAdventice is already being used on more than 8000 hectares and is helping Nataïs, Europe's leading popcorn producer, to monitor its harvests. Our partnership with Atos and access to ESA data and the IT resources of the Mundi platform allow us to increase our visibility and access new development opportunities." adds Lilian Valette, Head of Geoinformation Environment Services, located in Bordeaux at Telespazio France.

Mundi represents Atos' investment in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Analytics platforms for space applications and is part of the rich history of earth observation, the key points of which are summarized here.

To read our blog post dedicated to earth from the sky: https://atos.net/en/blog/a-brief-history-of-earth-observation

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About Atos:

 Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of € 12 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

 

Press contacts:

Atos : Lucie Duchateau – lucie.duchateau@atos.net - +33 (0)7 62 85 35 10

Telespazio France : Elio Baino - elio.baino@telespazio.com - +33 (0)5 34 35 43 06