Lithuanians are developing an artificial intelligence-based technology that can change the established order of the European oyster market. This innovation will ensure a comprehensive, accurate and efficient assessment of oyster quality parameters, which is not yet possible due to the lack of technological supply and limited laboratory testing for oyster suppliers.
"Our goal is to create a technology that would allow all members in the oyster supply chain to not only determine the nutritional properties of the oysters they have, but to also prevent them from serving any that are saturated with heavy metals or infected with bacteria and viruses. These are the main reasons why people get sick, as it is often mistakenly thought that only expired oysters are poisonous," Augustas Alešiūnas, the founder and leader of ART21, explained. Recently, the company was chosen as one of the top Lithuanian startups by Sifted, the Financial Times backed voice of European tech.
The innovative hyperspectral data analysis technology developed by ART21 that aims to promote sustainable agriculture has won the 'New Enlightener 2020' contest in the category of Environment and green energy and will represent Lithuania in the world contest of digital content solutions World Summit Awards 2020.
"We are proud of this recognition, because it gives us the possibility to represent Lithuania in the world contest WSA 2020. We do believe that this advanced technology will significantly reduce the amount of pesticides used in agriculture and will help the European farmers achieve the goals set in European Commission's Green Deal initiative, ” Augustas Alešiūnas, the founder and leader of ART21, explained after receiving the award.
We are pleased to announce the signing of a long-term cooperation agreement with a new business partner - an exceptional Croatian oyster farm "Platforma Aqua".
In the last decade "Platforma Aqua" was the first oyster farm in the Šibenik-Knin region to hire support staff. This is not surprising since it is as big as 8 regular oyster farms and produces 400 tons of molluscs per year. We are happy that our new business partners see oyster farming as a business project that can generate significant financial returns. This is very unusual in Croatia, where family-owned oyster farms dominate. A traditional oyster farm here is run by one or a few family members generation after generation and produces 50 tons of oysters (8 times less than "Platforma Aqua").