Airinov, based in Paris, France, are a consultancy which uses remote sensing techniques, such as aerial sensors on unmanned aircraft (drones), for agricultural use, by assessing crop conditions. They use this experimental data to develop diagnostic tools to help farmers better manage crop deficiencies and highlight areas to target with treatments such as fertilisers, pesticides and water. This makes the system more efficient and effective, reducing the amount of wasted treatments applied.
The company wanted to better understand the research skills already at their disposal and examine the market in which they operate.
- Market research
- Market analysis
Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) student, James Melech, studying Ecology, was introduced to Airinov by business development managers from LEC and Paris Region Enterprises. James conducted the project as part of his degree dissertation. The business development managers helped develop the initial scope of the project and supported James during his collaboration with Airinov.
James initially visited the Paris headquarters of Airinov, to get a better understanding of the company and to outline the aims of the placement in more detail. He then worked remotely on the project from the UK. James’ role was to research and review remote sensing for pesticide adjustment to enable Airinov to better understand this area of research for their diagnostic tool.
This transnational student placement was supported through KARIM. KARIM, the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network, is a project funded by the European Union. The aim of this project was to build a network for SME’s, University partners and other 'innovation actors' across NW Europe and by so doing to help boost the competitiveness of innovative SME’s in this region.
James produced a comprehensive report for Airinov that not only highlighted current research skills in remote sensing for pesticide adjustment, but also included the outcomes of interviews James had held with experts in this field. Additionally, James explored potential partners or competitors for Airinov, giving them valuable market insights, and made a number of recommendations.
To the Company
- Report which highlighted current research skills in remote sensing for pesticide adjustment
- Better understanding of the market and competitors
To the Student
- Gained an insight into a commercial business
- Networking with stakeholders
- Development of skills in a business environment
- A report which formed the basis of their degree dissertation