Austrian start-up Audili wins BayWa Smart Farming Challenge
Self-learning software based on satellites determines soil characteristics from space
Audili from Austria won this year's BayWa Smart Farming Challenge in the context of the international Copernicus Masters competition. The start-up company is developing a self-learning software which determines soil characteristics on a satellite basis and thus replaces complex soil analyses. BayWa AG and its subsidiaries Vista and FarmFacts will now support Audili in further developing its innovation and bringing it to broad practical application.
"Audili is the first company to develop a satellite-based soil management solution that is significantly more time- and cost-saving than conventional analytical methods. This offers great potential for a more climate-friendly agriculture overall," says Jörg Migende, Head of Agricultural Sales and Head of Digital Farming at BayWa.
Soil characteristics are determined by taking soil samples by hand or, in some cases, by machine. The analysis is carried out in a laboratory. It takes days to weeks for the farmer to obtain the results. "Our software delivers the result at the click of a mouse," says Armin Schöpf, managing director of Audili and co-founder of the company. "Fresh satellite data and a new analysis are available every five days. This considerably improves the basis for the farmer's decision."
A better basis for decision-making serves as a basis for regenerative arable farming, the aim of which is to strengthen soil life. From 2020, Audili and farmers will demonstrate in practice how humus can be built up in the soil using satellites. Humus binds CO2 from the atmosphere. In this way, farmers are making an active contribution to climate protection.
BayWa Smart Farming Challenge
The BayWa Smart Farming Challenge is one of this year's eight categories of the international Copernicus Masters competition. On behalf of the European Space Agency ESA, the Application Centre Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) is looking for innovations for the civil use of satellite data. The first Copernicus Masters competition took place in 2011.
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- © Audili, free of charge: During the EU Space Week in Helsinki on Wednesday evening Audili was awarded as winner of the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge. From left to right: Armin Schöpf (Co-Founder), Patrick Leiter (Web Developer), Stefan Schöpf (Co-Founder). 1.6 MB / JPG Download