Let us introduce you to the Sweeper! A robot that autonomously roams a greenhouse, ‘eye-balls’ sweet peppers to check if they have reached optimal ripeness, and then plucks them off the plant and places them in a vat – all automatically.

A consortium of seven researchers from four countries in the HORIZON 2020-funded Sweeper project is hard at work on a fully automatic robot that can sense, identify, classify maturity, and pick sweet peppers in a greenhouse that are ready for market. Efficiently, safely and quickly.

“The tremendous advances this research has made is dependent upon high speed networking and vast improvements in computing power and sensor technologies. Without it we could never do the benchmarking, sensing and mapping of the vast datasets required to bring the Sweeper to life.” – Prof. Yael Edan, from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

Read all about the importance of NRENs in this project on the newest In The Field blog.