The future of mushroom farming

Advanced Mushroom Research is now Mobichamp!

Mobichamp was founded to bring innovative solutions to mushroom farming.

Mobichamp offers software and services for improving the harvest process of mushroom growers. A central element in our offerings is the "Smart Harvest" system, which continuously monitors and guides a harvest using an intelligent camera and analysis system.

Mobichamp can provide -a customized version of- this system to you, but we can also use the system on your behalf in order to systematically find effects of variations in e.g. source product or climate.

Today, our technology can help decrease costs and increase profitability by assisting humans. However, Mobichamp strongly believes that in the future, mushroom farming will be robotized. Like humans, robots need to know which mushroom to pick and how to optimize the entire harvest. We are currently involved in robotization project both for mobile as well as traditional farms.

Increased production and better picking performance

Gain more kilograms per square meter through picking recommendations and harvest cycle management. Gain more pieces and pounds per minute thanks to a more uniform distribution of mushrooms and speed control of the container/bed at the picking station, giving pickers a constant, manageable workload. Want to know more?

What is the Smart Harvest system?

Smart Harvest consists of multiple hardware and software modules that together significantly improve the process of harvesting mushrooms in several ways.

Central to the system is the visual analysis module in which mushrooms are captured with a high-resolution camera on the mushroom bed. In these images, mushrooms are found, measured and the texture and color are assessed. By comparing current and previous images, the growth of each mushroom can be tracked precisely.

This analysis makes it possible to capture quantitative and qualitative information on the mushrooms currently in the harvest cycle, but Smart Harvest goes further than that. A picking advice -based on a massive number of calculations and optionally adjusted by an expert- can be projected directly on the bed. In addition, the entire harvest cycle can be planned and optimized by the system, making optimal use of available capacity and avoiding mushrooms getting picked too late or too early. All this results in a highly optimized harvest yield.

Visual analysis

Using proprietary vision algorithms, thousands of mushrooms are quickly and accurately found and analyzed in a high resolution camera image. Properties like color, texture and curvature are determined and by comparing the mushrooms to previous photos of the same mushrooms, growth information is obtained.

Picking advice

Using the values obtained by the visual analysis, the system then calculates dozens of secondary features for each mushroom which influence whether/when a certain mushroom should be picked. Think of the number of neighbours / contacts that a mushroom has, the number of mushrooms in a certain radius, or the average growth rate of the mushroom over the last few hours.

A smart expert system can, based on this information, provide the optimal picking strategy at any given moment which maximizes yield and quality.

Projection of picking advice and sorting

Using a projector, the picking advice is projected directly onto the bed, where mushrooms to pick are giving a color set by the operator.

Mushrooms can be sorted based on qualitative characteristics such as diameter, weight, shape or color. The various types can be given a different color or symbol during the projection.

Growth prediction and management of the entire harvesting process

The decision to pick or leave behind a mushroom at a certain moment greatly depends on when the next harvest opportunity is. The decision also influences the growth and optimal picking moment of many of the remaining mushrooms in the container.

Smart Harvest uses historical data to accurately predict the weight, diameter and quality of a mushroom at any point in the future and can anticipate the influence of neighbouring mushrooms getting picked.

Smart Harvest is able to model the entire harvest cycle, including the physical infrastructure, which means that the system knows exactly when each container will arrive at the picking station and may even be used to control the velocity of containers in the mobile harvest system and to sort containers in different lanes in order to influence the picking moment. With these two features and a complex planning and optimization algorithm, Smart Harvest maximizes the yield and product quality of the entire harvest.

User interaction - Providing harvest data insights

Smart Harvest provides several ways of viewing the harvest results and controlling the system. Through a web dashboard the main results can be seen and the main components can be controlled on any tablet, phone or PC.

A desktop (Windows) application provides access to more extensive analysis results, such as comparisons of multiple harvests or different containers. Using the desktop application the user can inspect the results for an individual container or even an individual mushroom.

About Us

Niek Franzmann
Co-founder & CEO

Mariëlle van Lieshout
Co-founder and COO

Hans van Kuilenburg
Co-founder & CTO

Rutger Kraaijer
Software engineer