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The MOCHUELO project, the first system of night surveillance of agricultural farms through the use of UAV, presents its results

April 18th 2017

The initiative, developed thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Provincial Council of Jaen and FADA-CATEC, has included the development of flight campaigns with various UAVs equipped with cameras and other sensors at the ATLAS Center in Villacarrillo

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Last March 22, the provincial Council of Jaen hosted the presentation of the conclusions of the MOCHUELO project, an R&D initiative that has led to the successful development of a pioneering system through the use of unmanned aircraft (UAS / RPAS) to carry out safety tasks and nocturnal surveillance in olive and agricultural holdings in the province of Jaen.

The project, promoted thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Provincial Council of Jaen and FADA, was presented by the President of the provincial Council, Francisco Reyes; and the general director of FADA, Joaquin Rodriguez Grau, who emphasized the great utility that this project will have in the field of agriculture, and which has great possibilities of application in other important sectors.

The initiative has been developed by engineers and experts of CATEC in the ATLAS Centre of Villacarillo (Jaen) through various flight and test campaigns with different unmanned aircrafts equipped with visible spectrum cameras, infrared, thermographic, and other sensors that can determine the monitoring and detection of elements of interest and to take pictures in detail with a great quality.

The objective has been to demonstrate the viability and operation of this type of remotely controlled technologies to identify vehicles and people and the activities they carried out, and thus detect them at night to prevent the entry of potential intruders on farms and prevent thefts or intrusions not allowed in them.

In this way, the good results developed with this initiative can be transferred and applied to other economic sectors, such as the environment, safety and emergencies, topography, infrastructure inspection, architecture, archaeology or heritage, which can benefit from this new system and UAS-based technology in general.

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