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Digital technology / specialisationArtificial Intelligence
Digital skill levelBasic
Geographic Scope - CountrySweden
Industry - Field of Education and Training
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Ina ground-breaking technological success, Flox Robotics has developed AI-operated drones that can identify and intimidate wildlife from crops and other protected areas. The Stockholm-based start-up is behind this innovation, which works as a flying valley dog to protect valuable harvests.
By using artificial intelligence, units from Flox Robotics can identify specific animal species and then broadcast adapted sounds that intimidate them. This technique has recently been successfully used to intimidate Canadian lashes from popular bathing areas in Stockholm.
Sara Nozkova, CEO and founder of Flox Robotics, pointed out that the technology is designed in such a way that it does not interfere with humans or other friendly animals, meaning that it can be used in a variety of environments, from agricultural fields to urban parks.
The history of Flox Robotics started at KTH three years ago, where Nozkova and her team saw an opportunity to combine emerging technologies such as AI and robotics with the fast growing drone market to solve real problems.
One of these problems was wild boar that damages crops. Nozkova commented: “We wondered if we could use AI and robotics to avoid wild-boar damage to crops.”
Following its success, the company has now secured partnerships with large organisations, including the Transport Administration, Boliden and Swedavia, which all seek solutions to the problem of wildlife in sensitive areas.
In the context of climate change, Nozkova expects that human-wildlife conflicts will increase globally. But with Flox Robotics’s solution, she hopes that harmonious coexistence between humans and animals will be possible.
Currently, the company is focusing on securing funding for international expansion, as they see huge potential for their AI drone technology worldwide.
Flox Robotics has also joined the Technology Companies, with the aim of strengthening its commitment to innovation in the technology sector and ensuring its work processes.
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