It is in old ship containers, decorated with a fresco by graffiti artist Aéro, that the wine industry has set up its digital and robotic hub. Installed since the summer of 2021, this Vitilab has notably developed an application intended to improve relations between winegrowers and local residents. It exists “to inform local residents of what is happening in the plots”, explains Guillaume Paire, animator of Vitilab who developed this tool. The idea arrived at the time of the development of the charter of non-treatment areas to “decompartmentalize”. This “obviously concerns winegrowers, but also all sectors of agriculture”, adds the host.
Concretely, this application works by geolocation. Farmers can report what they are doing in their fields: treatment, pruning, harvesting, etc. Residents who are located nearby are thus immediately informed. Launched a year ago, this application has been downloaded by 700 people, including a hundred farmers. “It is intended to expand”, continues Guillaume Paire. The department of Gironde has also duplicated it.
“Here, it’s a place of experimentation and testing, to evaluate life-size services and tools for the sector”
But this project is only one example of what Vitilab is doing and aims to put in place to enable the digital and robotic transition of the wine world.
“Here, it’s a place of experimentation and testing, to evaluate life-size services and tools for the sector”, summarizes Guillaume Paire, but also to support professionals in the digitalization of their company, in the realization of their projects or by training them.
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“We have a lot of demand for robotics”, notes Guillaume Paire. The Vitilab allows professionals to test prototypes, whether they are autonomous straddle carriers or exoskeletons, in particular those developed by the icaunaise company RB3D. “We work with companies that use drones for the recognition of diseases, for example by helping them to advance their artificial intelligence”, quotes the host again. Finally, a room equipped with various 3D printers makes it possible to imagine low-cost prototypes that could quickly replace broken parts.
Vinipole south Burgundy
The Vitilab is the digital extension of the Vinipole sud Bourgogne, created by the chamber of agriculture, the departmental council of Saône-et-Loire and the Interprofessional Bureau of Burgundy wines, in Davayé. Since 2013, this vine experimentation structure has been working on climate change, plant material, etc. In particular on the nine hectares of experimental vineyards, from Rully to Lugny.
Photos: Marion Boisjot
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