WUR researcher Joris IJsselmuiden and a mate of his set up Track32 two and a half years ago. The company develops software based on artificial intelligence (AI) and automatic image processing. Track32 has already delivered the software for a weeding machine that can distinguish between the weeds and the crop. The company also wrote the software for drones that monitor the development of seedlings in a greenhouse
IJsselmuiden worked in the Agricultural Technology chair group, where his tasks included supervising research on robots that pick bell peppers and on egg-collecting machines. Track32 is commercializing this knowledge. ‘Our strength is that we deliver made-to-measure solutions, bridging the gap between the client’s question and the technology,’ says the company’s founder.
Five people work at Track32, and the company also offers three internships, mainly for Wageningen students. The company works for seed producers and plant-breeding companies, as well as for the ecology institute NIOO. ‘The researchers used to have to count weed seeds and observe the characteristics of birds themselves. Now our software does that.’
The researchers used to have to count seeds. Now our software does that
For the past couple of years, Track32 had an office in the Starthub, first in Triton, and then in Atlas. But the company grew out of that space and has now moved to Ede. ‘We’ve got very cheap accommodation in a building in the grounds of the former military barracks near the World Food centre.’
There are about 100 companies located on campus. We introduce you to one of them in every issue of Resource. This time: Track32, which has now moved to the former military barracks near the World Food Centre.