Intelligent feed tool a farming ‘breakthrough’

A FEEDING system using artificial intelligence has been described as a ‘revolutionary breakthrough’ for fish farmers.
The innovative software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to not only optimise feed costs with pellet recognition technology, but also provides a detailed analysis of fish behaviour.
Created by London based Observe Technologies in partnership with AKVA group Scotland, the AKVA Observe software solution is already in commercial use on salmon farms in Scotland and Chile, and will be introduced into the Norwegian market this year.
The results from the pens in operation are being collated and reported back through a separate web-based management tool, making it easy to monitor and benchmark sites and learn on a larger scale how different factors link into each other.
‘Customer feedback has been very positive,’ said Jason Cleaversmith, general manager of AKVA group Scotland.
‘The system is operating well at a number of sites and the development of the remote management tool and reporting has been very well received.’
The AKVA Observe software solution can be integrated with existing hardware on the site, said the company, announcing the new technology on its website.
All alerts from the system are uploaded to the cloud for further machine learning and are used to update the site AI to further optimise the real time assistance specific to the pens on that particular site.
The optimal growth rate for each pen is learned by comparing sensor, video, feed and external data feeds over time.
‘This is a revolutionary breakthrough for the fish farming industry,’ said Andrew Campbell, AKVA group’s regional president for the Americas and Australasia.
‘The AI feeding assistant supports the moment to moment decision making process of the most critical and cost sensitive process of farming fish.
‘It is always learning and providing the site staff with new insights to understand each pen’s feeding behaviour, something that as an industry we have simply not had the ability to do before.’
Hemang Rishi, CEO of Observe Technologies, said: ‘The opportunity to set the emerging standard for fish farming feeding software is a very exciting endeavour which we believe will benefit farmers globally.
‘This partnership allows us to combine Observe Technologies’ technical expertise with AKVA group’s aquaculture ecosystem and global network.’

Picture: Jason Cleaversmith, general manager of AKVA group Scotland

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