Ep 25. Robotics in Agriculture and Horticulture - AI & IoT Technology
Welcome to the world of robotics in the industrial sectors! Today on the show Afshin Doust the CEO of AIS (Advanced Intelligent Systems) joins The Crownsmen Podcast to give incredible insight into how they have developed both an IoT platform and used AI technology to fulfill labour shortages and optimize efficiency challenges in agriculture and more specifically in horticulture.
In the interview Afshin explains how the IoT platform helps AIS robots learn from each other and make decisions about the behavior required through its artificial intelligence capabilities. He lays out how the company has evolved its products and their business model. AIS now has two products ready for market including robots fully equipped for moving and spacing plants. They have another ten in the works including pruning and shelf moving robots. This is all built off a subscription based business model so customers up front cost is minimal and they essentially only pay based on usage.
With rising labour costs in both North America and Europe and a decrease in willingness to do repetitive and labour intensive jobs, robotics companies provide a strategy for industry to offer higher skill level jobs without the physical demand. But what is the risk of robots replacing humans? Afshin points out that at one time you hit zero and a live operator came on the line. Now with all the automation telecommunications employees more people than ever before.
Partnerships have been key for AIS. Their manufacturer, Valid Manufacturing, and distributor, Agrinomix, are both also investors. Afshin outline how those partnerships developed and what each brings to the table. He offers his own outlook on how to maintain partners and resolves resolve conflicts. In many ways this episode is as much about leadership and successful collaboration as it is about technology and innovation. Watch Ep 25. https://youtu.be/rYl9puHt6B8