Augmenta has recently won EIMA International’s Technical Innovation Prize and Blue Award for 2021. This prestigious honor is in recognition of the technology behind the Greek company’s revolutionary Augmenta Field Analyzer (AFA).
Prestigious awards for an innovative product
Established in 1969 by the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation, EIMA International is a well-respected biennial event and the second largest of its kind in Europe. It showcases machinery along with agricultural services and products offered by all major players in the industry.
According to the EIMA selective committee and award criteria rules, the First Place prize for “Technical Innovation” is only granted to technological achievements that exhibit absolute innovation. The “Blue Award” is only conferred on those exhibiting outstanding environmental aspects. A third “Mention” prize is also given to products which present original improvements compared to products already manufactured or patented.
“It’s truly an honor to have been awarded the prize,” Dimitri Evangelopoulos, Co-founder and General Manager of Augmenta said. “Especially given the size and scope of the competition. We are so excited to be a part of the high-tech developments which are starting to revolutionize the industry as a whole.”
The AFA is the world’s first fully autonomous real-time variable-rate fertilizer application system. It is a Plug and Play device which can be retrofitted to a regular tractor equipped with a suitable variable rate spreader or sprayer. It works by scanning the field ahead as the farmer drives along. Accounting for crop health variations, algorithms determine the optimum amount of fertilizer required for maximum growth potential. This data is immediately used to control the spreader/sprayer which then applies varying amounts of fertilizer according to need. Everything is automatic, on the fly, and done in a single pass. The AFA substantially improves efficiency because it reduces inputs and waste, while boosting productivity and earnings.