North-West University
Overview of innovation

Part Detection App (PDA)

The part detection app is a mobile application that provides real-time identification of physical objects, in this case, mechanical parts belonging to a Plough. The ability to identify any part of the Plough allows the user to identify and instantly place an order for a new replacement part without needing any prior knowledge of the part name or serial number. The application aims to eliminate the need for a user to travel to the nearest part reseller to order or identify the part in question.

The intelligence of the application is achieved through proprietary machine learning techniques which enable user interactive background subtraction and real-time part identification.

We are seeking industry partners with access to the commercial replacement part market, to apply this technology to different parts/products across different industries.

Innovation Opportunity Type
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Plant and Health Nutrition
Agribusiness and Agbio
​Information and communication
software development
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 7 – Refined prototype created
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Pitch Deck
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