MetoMotion has developed a multipurpose robotic system, GRoW, for labor-intensive tasks in greenhouses to reduce the reliance on and high costs of human labor in greenhouse vegetable production. The Company’s first application is greenhouse tomatoes.
MetoMotion brings state-of-the-art technology into the greenhouse, making use of latest Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based computing for 3D perception. Specially designed, flexible motion control and path-planning algorithms give the robot precise motion between plants and a unique design that fits the modern greenhouse environment.
Greenhouse growers face a number of significant challenges: Labor costs in greenhouses comprise up to 50% of total production costs, and it has become increasingly difficult to find and retain qualified workers. Yet, growers and seed companies alike have directed little energy or investment toward advanced automated harvesting systems. The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the urgent need to reduce the dependency on labor.
Growers are seeking advanced technologies to meet the increasing demand for sustainable vegetable harvesting all year round.