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Last week we took a look at computer vision; what it is, how it works, and some of the applications for computer vision in agtech. This week we’ll go over some further applications for machine vision technology in autonomous vehicles, drone and UAV monitoring and mapping, and quality assurance.

Self driving cars, facial recognition software, mobile cheque deposits, the way facebook knows to tag your friend Andrew in all your pictures of him without asking; a huge variety of technologies, even those we take for granted, employ state of the art technology in computer vision. In agriculture, the applications of computer vision are also growing fast. In part one of our series on computer vision in agtech, we’ll answer some basic questions about the nature of computer vision and discuss its applications in autonomous weeding, harvest and quality control.

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One of the biggest issues plaguing the food industry today is food fraud, defined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as the “the misrepresentation or adulteration of a product for economic gain”. Food fraud exists across a huge variety of food markets, from fresh produce to processed food items, condiments, fish, and even spices.

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