TecnOlivo pursues modernising a traditional agricultural sector such as olive cultivation, by creating a pioneering technological device that opens up new business opportunities, and places the olive production industry of Huelva and that of the southeast of Portugal at the forefront of international innovation and, by extension, the rest of Andalusia, Spain, and Portugal.

With 2.5 million euros of budget, co-financed with FEDER Funds and submitted to the first call of the INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal Programme (POCTEP 2014-2020),, the project targets the development of a marketable technological solution (TecnOlivo) to be easily-used by farmers, and which allows the integral, ecological and optimized management of the olive grove by monitoring non-invasively agronomic parameters of interest to partner olive growers. With TecnOlivo, partners seek to improve the sustainability of olive cultivation, by favouring an optimal use of resources.


What is it about?

TecnOlivo represents a holistic solution to traditional olive farming in which an unmanned aerial vehicle captures georeferenced crop information through cameras or other sensors, and integrates the data collection, transmission, analysis, processing, visualization, action guidelines and “learning processes,” in an easy and ergonomic way for the farmer. It is supported by a network of low-cost ground sensors, which will constitute a relevant intelligent tool for olive farmers, such as those ancient farming tools and farm tractors were in their days. Thus, TecnOlivo will allow olive growers to know in real time and on-the-spot information on key parameters such as the hydric status and nutrients of the groves, what extent will treatments be needed and in what areas of the orchards.


Activities to carry out

  • Specify and elaborate the agronomic and technological requirements for the cultivation of olive trees.

  • Develop the multi-sensor autonomous aerial platform and the terrestrial network for monitoring the olive grove.

  • Develop the necessary agronomic data modelling to monitor the olive grove.

  • Develop data management, and how such data will be presented to the end user.

Agronomic requirements

Aerial platform

Data modelling

User Interface


Expected results

Autonomous aerial vehicle

An autonomous aerial vehicle equipped with sensors that, together with a network of terrestrial sensors, monitor key parameters of the olive grove. The vehicle will integrate communications devices for sending the acquired data to a server.

Remote service

A remote service hosted on a server equipped with the artificial intelligence necessary for the correct interpretation of the data.

Applications for the illustration

A set of applications for the illustration on maps of the results obtained from monitoring of the olive grove. This will allow the user to find out in which parts of the grove needs irrigation or a certain treatment, and to what extent.

Technological solution

The unprecedented and marketable technological solution (TecnOlivo) for the non-invasive monitoring of key olive tree parameters analysis objects.