itelligence project wins SAP Innovation Award in “Process Innovator” category

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itelligence has won an SAP Innovation Award in the “Process Innovator” category with a project involving the use of drones and image recognition for the purposes of environmental protection. These awards honor companies that operate successfully in the digital economy making use of SAP technologies in innovative ways. The winner impressed the jury with their innovative way to hunt plants.

itelligence project wins SAP Innovation Award in “Process Innovator” category

Norbert Rotter, CEO of itelligence AG, said:

“I’m delighted that SAP is honoring itelligence AG as a ‘Process Innovator’ for an intelligent environmental protection project in this high-caliber worldwide competition. Being recognized as a good example of the smart use of digitization makes me very proud and will serve as a special incentive for us to warrant the trust placed in us in the future as well.”

This is the sixth year that the SAP Innovation Awards have been held. The jury received 233 submissions from 37 countries and 25 sectors of industry. 81 projects were shortlisted as finalists. The winners in the six categories were then chosen from these finalists.

Mark Albrecht, Global Head of Innovation Technologies at itelligence AG.:

“Drones photograph the landscape and a previously trained and optimized algorithm processes the image data automatically and detects the weeds. This involves products from the SAP innovation portfolio among others.”

The itelligence environmental protection project, which was conducted by itelligence Denmark, itelligence Innovation Technologies, and NTT DATA Japan, uses drones to loom for giant hogweed, a plant with huge, deeply lobed leaves that can reach up to 15 feet in height. The sap from these leaves causes photosensitivity in people’s skin, potentially resulting in serious skin inflammation. As this is a highly invasive species, land and forest owners have a duty to uproot the plants in order to eradicate them.