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AI feeding system set for Nordic launch

22 February 2019, at 9:12a.m.

AKVA group and Observe technologies have partnered to bring a new, intelligent feeding assistant with pellet recognition to the Nordic market.

The new software, devised by AKVA and Observe Technologies, uses artificial intelligence (AI) for real time analysis of onsite data and video streams on the site. The software not only counts visible pellets, but also completes a detailed analysis of the fish behaviour to help to optimise feeding.

The Observe software uses machine vision to count pellets and determine the fish activity in the pen. The results are combined with sensor and external data to reveal contexts and provide the most complete picture of each pen’s feeding behaviour
The Observe software uses machine vision to count pellets and determine the fish activity in the pen. The results are combined with sensor and external data to reveal contexts and provide the most complete picture of each pen’s feeding behaviour

The software is easily integrated with existing hardware on the site. 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,” says 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 behavior, something that as an industry we have simply not had the ability to do before,” Campbell adds.

The solution was first installed on farms during 2017 and is currently in full commercial operation on farms in Scotland and Chile. During the course of 2019, AKVA group is also planning on introducing the solution to the Nordic market.

The results from the pens and sites 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. 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,” says Jason Cleaversmith, general manager of AKVA group Scotland.