February 21, 2024

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Developing High-Quality Wine by Using Artificial Intelligence

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Until now, wineries’ decision-making processes for what to produce and sell were almost entirely subjective. It was extremely difficult to figure out how to make a great wine that would sell well in the market without data.

In the extremely competitive market where many wineries only have one shot per season to make great wine, an increasing number of winemakers are looking for ways to predict what consumers will like in order to create better products and increase profits.

To address this, engineering students from the University of Auckland and also New Zealand’s SME IT company have developed an AI digital eye mounted on a tractor that could help New Zealand winemakers cultivate valuable data on every single plant growing in a vineyard.

The team of young Auckland technology engineers can already count the clusters of grapes on the vines and detect disease and pest problems to minimise crop loss and estimate yields with the camera unit mounted on the front of a tractor. Growers can use AI-enabled hardware to monitor each plant, understand the entire crop and track how it changes over time.

The unit will be tested to geolocate each vine plant in a vineyard. The founder and developer of the AI device said wine crops require constant attention, but vineyards are large properties and growers do not have the ability or time to monitor every plant. The device used artificial intelligence (AI) analysis via a camera that could be mounted on a tractor, recording data as it travelled along each row.

The camera learns to look for diseases, it can detect missing or dying vines and anything wrong with plants. It gives growers a detailed picture of a vineyard so they can make better management decisions. During the 2021-22 growing season, additional evidence would be used to geolocate each plant in a vineyard and record their individual attributes, providing growers with a detailed profile of each plant.

New Zealand wine exports are valued at over $2 billion per year. It is a valuable – and vulnerable – industry, facing increased competition and challenges posed by climate change. The SME company estimates that the average winegrower currently monitors less than 1% of their vines, and see a competitive advantage possible if horticultural problems are identified early.

Advances in a variety of technologies could assist growers and winemakers in mitigating the negative impact of smoke taint and other uncontrollable factors such as frost, drought, pests, and disease — not just in New Zealand, but worldwide.

The emergence of good wine can be traced back to the vine. Delicious grapes are determined by the weather and cultivation strategies such as irrigation, fertilisation, pest control, and canopy management. Growers typically prefer smaller grape berries because they produce more grape skin and thus more compounds that influence flavour and aroma, such as anthocyanins, tannins, resveratrol, and polyphenols. Lower yields of grapes with top-quality traits may actually produce higher revenue per acre.

Viticulture, winemaking and brewing are both art and science. Science may gain an advantage as technology advances and scientific understanding of the processes occurring in the soil, root system, plant, canopies, and atmosphere deepen. As wine and beer become more popular and demand grows, especially in a world with changing climate, emerging technologies could give growers and producers something to toast.

Growers can use traditional methods, such as sending grapes to a lab and waiting six days or more for the results. However, having the information in real-time could assist growers in making decisions such as whether to separate untainted grapes from tainted grapes to minimise waste.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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