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CLAUS project - Precision Viticulture and Advanced Monitoring for the Development of Smart Agrifood Systems.

We are excited to announce the launch of the CLAUS project – Precision Viticulture and Advanced Monitoring for the Development of Smart Agrifood Systems, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the PR FESR Veneto 2021-2027 initiative. Regional Decree No. 492 of April 26, 2023, “Call for Consolidation of Innovative Start-ups,” Action 1.1.3 – “Support for Investments and Research and Innovation Activities of SMEs,” SUB B “Support for Research and Innovation Activities of SMEs.” 

The project will last for 19 months and will conclude in March 2025. 

CLAUS is a patented cable-driven motorized hardware designed for use in covered agricultural systems, with a primary focus on continuous and remote monitoring in table grape vineyards. Compared to competing IoT solutions, CLAUS offers a distinctive advantage by optimizing operations, reducing the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, minimizing environmental impact, and improving yield and quality. 

Equipped with advanced sensors, including RGB and multispectral cameras, temperature and humidity sensors, CLAUS uses artificial intelligence and image recognition to detect pests. Its mobility and autonomy surpass the limitations of fixed solutions, eliminating the need for additional infrastructure and reducing costs. 

During these months, with the support of technical and scientific consulting (Nova Labs S.r.l., TESAF UNIPD, Politecnico di Milano Laboratorio TEDH Sensibilab) and validation of the business model (t²i – Technology Transfer and Innovation): 

We will develop computer vision algorithms to recognize and catalog leaves and bunches in the vineyard, ensuring high precision in visual data classification. 

We will pay particular attention to the analysis of common diseases such as Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Botrytis, integrating specific algorithms to recognize and prevent them. 

We will develop APIs to ensure seamless interoperability of our product with other IoT solutions and enterprise software, enabling communication and data exchange between our system and the existing infrastructure of agricultural customers. 

CLAUS aims to target the Italian precision viticulture market, with a particular focus on companies active in precision agriculture and viticulture; agronomists providing technical consultancy to wineries; research institutions, universities, and study centers interested in using CLAUS in their study and research projects. 


Our device represents a step forward in agriculture, positioning itself as an innovative solution for precision viticulture, offering versatility, advanced performance, and sustainability in one package. Within the project, we will continue to develop key functionalities to further improve our final product in terms of performance and effectiveness and meet the needs of an ever-evolving market.


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