Ibex Automation Ltd


IBEX2 is an InnovateUK project building extreme mobility autonomous weed spraying system. Unlike most previous agribots it operates on Less Favoured Areas of farm land, i.e. sheep and dairy, undulating and hilly farms, and bracken-covered moorland. IBEX2 is a self-driving tracked vehicle approximately 1m long, based on bomb disposal robots. Its software performs weed recognition from on-board cameras and terrain navigation using a suite of on-board range sensors coupled with prior knowledge from OS maps and satellite images. Software is based entirely on existing, now-standard approaches as found in commercial autonomous systems. A user group of 40 real farmers feeds back continually into the design via a series of demos and discussions. The project has no academic partners and its approach is to focus purely on producing commerical and technical feasibility studies of existing, off-the-shelf research and components as quickly and simply as possible. 

Ibex Automation Ltd is a Sheffield agricultural robotics company which has been founded to continue the work of IBEX2 into the future.  As well as owning and developing automation and data analytics software IP, it represents and manages the agri-tech interests of a network of mechanical, electronics, business, legal, and trials management subcontractors including all IBEX2 partners Hunshelf Hall Farm, Digital Concepts Engineering and G32 Technologies.  It enables them to act together as a single partner and single point of contact in collaborative R&D projects. 

NEWS

Oct 2014: Project launch press release.   Available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

Sep 2015: IBEX2 selected as exemplary by  UK Government.  In 2015, IBEX2 was selected by DEFRA as an "exemplary project" to illustrate the UK's AgriTech Catalyst programme.   IBEX2 has been personally promoted by government ministers George Eustice MP and Rory Stewart MP. http://www.rorystewart.co.uk/technology-key-to-unl...

June 2016: UK Field Robotics contest.  Ibex Automation teams up with Robot Wars' Noel Sharkey to judge the  EPSRC-RAS 2016 UK Field Robotics contest. http://www.sheffieldrobotics.ac.uk/conferences/fie...

October 2016: Ibex Automation keynote at the French Embassy, London. As part of the Franco-British symposium on Intelligent Transport Systems.

November 2-3 2016: Northern Powerhouse. IBEX2 static demo at Innovate 2016 show, G-MEX, Manchester.

March 31 2017: Digital Sheffield. IBEX2 talk/demo at Digital Sheffield "My Robot" https://www.evensi.uk/ai-from-bots-to-business-a-d...

MEDIA COVERAGE 

CLA Land and Business magazine, June 2016. (CLA members only, https://www.cla.org.uk/members-area/land-business-...).

Discovery ChannelDaily Planet E268, 6 Apr 2016.   

The Times. 11 March 2016. "Roaming robot hunts down weeds".  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/technology/article47...

Daily Mail. 10 March 2016.  "Hasta la vista weeds". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-348...

Daily Mirror.   10 March 2016. "Terminator style robots being trained to kill invasive fern"  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terminator-st...

Farmers Weekly.  24 Feb 2016. "Self-driving Ibex robot sprayer helps farms safety tackle hills." http://www.fwi.co.uk/machinery/self-driving-ibex-r...

BBC Look North TV news feature.  23 Feb 2016.

The Engineer.  23 Feb 2016.  "Agricultural robot starts UK trials".  http://www.theengineer.co.uk/agricultural-robot-st...

IMechE.   23 Feb 2016.  "Autonomous weed destroying robot to begin trials ." http://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/autonomous...

Yorkshire Post.  23 Feb 2016.  "Weed killing robot farmer tested in Peak District" http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/weed-killing-r...

IET Engineering and Technology magazine. 22 Feb 2016. "Farming robot autonomously roots out and destroys weeds".  http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2016/feb/agriculture-...

Gizmag.   22 Feb 2016.  "Ibex extreme mobility robot".  http://www.gizmag.com/ibex-robot-farm-extreme-terr...