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Spanish university technology to reduce food waste

The BinSight project, presented by the University of Cantabria, is one of the three finalists of the Atos IT Challenge, an International University Technology competition, in which 20 teams from all over the world participate. In its eighth edition, the competition focuses on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in sustainable development.

The Spanish project, BinSight, proposes an innovative solution to reduce food waste and make Supply Chains Smart. Its development combines a prototype IoT (Internet of things) with multiple sensors, a cloud infrastructure, automatic learning algorithms and a web panel. BinSight offers different cloud-based services tailored to the needs of the businesses involved in the food supply chain, such as catering companies, governments, social organizations and businesses to compost.

Other projects

Farmero ” is the name of the project presented by a team from the Technical University of Berlin (Germany). This is an innovative and user-friendly application created for small farms that uses algorithms to detect diseases in crops from infrared images provided by the European Space Agency (Copernicus programme). The system will help farmers minimize the amount of fertilisers and pesticides they need, thanks to an accurate assessment of the threats to each area in the field.

The third finalist project is “Weego”, presented by the Polytechnic School of Dakar, Senegal. Weego is an application that is predictive of the location of buses which is based on data crowdsourced and techniques of Maching Learning in order to facilitate its users to the exact location of buses and journey times without the need of an infrastructure for automatic vehicle location. Weego improves public transport especially in developing countries, where bus location infrastructures are rare, and traffic is difficult to predict.

The jury’s decision will be announced on 2 July at a ceremony in Paris. The winning team and the two finalists will each receive € 10,000, € 5,000 and € 3,000 cash prizes, respectively, to help bring their application to market, as well as support from Atos teams. In addition, all participants in the IT Challenge are invited to apply for an internship at at Atos.

Sophie Proust, Chief Technology Officer at Atos, has highlighted ” the great diversity and excellent level of all cases of Use presented. Students have found incredible and very creative ways to use IoT, Machine Learning and Cloud technologies to develop solutions that support sustainable development with an agile and incremental approach.

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