Field swarm ®ecosystem

The journey to autonomous agricultural technology

Since July 2023, LACOS has been working with 12 other partners on the BMBF-funded project Field Swarm® Ecosystem. The goal is the simultaneous automated operation of multiple agricultural machines and agricultural robots, with operators able to monitor and intervene in the processes. Together, we are developing a comprehensive hardware and IT control architecture, exploring AI, remote monitoring and data security, and integrating these control systems into agricultural machinery and agricultural robots in a vendor-independent manner. These systems are tested in field operations for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. We are also planning strategic product concepts that will be produced as production-ready solutions in the Alliance region.

  1. ISOBUS - Interoperability - Among other things, we are researching the next generation of the ISOBUS communication standard for data communication between different manufacturers, which is unique in agricultural technology.
  2. FarmerCentric HMI - The operator is the focus - not the machine.
  3. AI Agronomy - Artificial Intelligence is the key technology for using this agronomic know-how in future autonomous machine systems.
  4. Safety & Reliability - Autonomous agricultural machinery must meet future international requirements for functional safety, data security and operational reliability.

Institution: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Program Family: RUBIN - Regional Entrepreneurial Alliances for Innovation

Learn more on the official project website

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December 2023

Conceptual design largely completed

June 2024

Provision of the basic platforms for the individual product concepts

July 2025

Development of main components completed and start of testing

June 2026

Project completion/ prototypes pass under field conditions

Managing Director and Alliance Spokesman

Thomas Damme

„The high-caliber alliance consortium consists of leading experts from the fields of automation technology, artificial intelligence as well as agricultural machinery engineering and has already been working together very successfully for years in some cases. With the Feldschwarm® ecosystem, we want to use the given locational advantages of the skilled labor potential as well as semiconductor and sensor technology to create a sustainable competitive advantage in Saxony and beyond.“

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In 2007 and 2011, LACOS won a silver medal at "Agritechnica" – the world's leading trade fair for agricultural technology – thanks to its innovative ideas.

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