ESPA 2014-2020
Grant agreement no.Τ2ΕΔΚ-03829
Optimizing Backpack Sprayers Using Smart Technologies

In General

The aim of SmartSprayer project is to optimize spraying by using backpack sprayers with the incorporation of low-cost IoT technology. The SmartSprayer will consist of 3 main parts: the IoT hardware to be incorporated into the backpack sprayer (e.g. pressure sensor, flow measurement sensor and spray level measurement sensor), the Android application and the web application while the development of SmartSprayer's hardware and software will be based on EffiSpray (T1EΔK-05249), funded by the first call of the Research - Develop - Innovate (Intervention 1) program, which aims to develop a low-cost software and hardware for intelligent spraying orchards and vineyards.

More Information

According to the crop sprayer registration that took place in 2018, there are approximately 12,000 backpack sprayers in Greece. Small farmers and other plant protection product applicators have a high interest in backpack sprayers due to their flexibility, cost and design.

This type of sprayers have a higher share in developing countries due to their low cost but also the small size of cultivated areas that the farmers have. However, their environmental and human health impacts are higher compared to other types of crop sprayers, while yields vary considerably. In particular, this equipment can lead to incorrect application of chemicals and inefficient control of the target (insects and fungi) due to the lack of control of the pressure resulting in varying flow rates of plant protection products.

As a result, the inconsistent spray pattern as well as the different droplet size are reported as a consequence, which in turn affect the plant's coverage with the spraying liquid, exposure of workers to chemicals, spray drift and plant protection product performance. However, modern technology has contributed significantly to increasing the efficiency of boom sprayers and mistblowers, resulting in a saving in plant protection substances ranging from 30 to 50%.

While Internet of Things (IoT) significantly contributed to the early warning of crop pests and diseases. But to date no new technologies have been implemented, as in novel sprayers. SmartSprayer targets at the spraying machine market, which is expected to grow to 6% by 2027. Specifically, SmartSprayer targets at the Backpack Sprayers category, which is expected to increase by $ 1.246 billion by 2027 with battery sprayers displaying the highest market penetration in relation to the other backpack sprayers (manual sprayers, solar panel sprayers).
Through the use of SmartSprayer, the producer is expected to achieve up to 20% savings in the amount of plant protection product, up to 20% reduction in working time and up to 10% better deposition of plant protection product. At the same time, the risk of environmental pollution of the atmosphere, soil and water by the use of plant protection substances will be reduced as it will also achieve less exposure of the applicator to hazardous substances.

AGENSO Contribution

AGENSO is the SmartSprayer Implementation Plan Leader (WP2), as well as the Leader for the SmartSprayer System Hardware & Software (WP3). AGENSO will also validate and evaluate the SmartSprayer system.

SmartSprayer Basics

Environmental awareness
Minimizing the risk for polluting the atmosphere, soil and water
Increased Production
Boost of the production
Hardware Development
integration of IoT hardware to backpack sprayers
Software Development
Development of a web platform and an Android app so that the end user can monitor spraying parameters

Project Funding

  • Starting date : October 29th 2020
  • Duration : 30 Months
  • Status : Running
  • AGENSO participation type: Coordinator
Estimated Cost: €322,000.00 100%
National Contribution: €257,600.00 80%
AGENSO Grant amount: €161,200.00 62%
  • Co‐financed by the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE - INNOVATE (project code: Τ2ΕΔΚ-03829)
% reduction of the amount of plant protection product used
% reduction of spraying application time
% better deposition of plant protection

SmartSprayer Main Tasks

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