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1. (WO2019007894) APPARATUS FOR WEED CONTROL
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Claims:

1. An apparatus (10) for weed control, comprising:

- an input unit (20);

a processing unit (30); and

an output unit (40);

wherein, the input unit is configured to provide the processing unit with at least one image of an environment;

wherein, the processing unit is configured to analyse the at least one image to determine at least one vegetation control technology from a plurality of vegetation control technologies to be used for weed control for at least a first part of the environment; and

wherein the output unit is configured to output information useable to activate the at least one vegetation control technology.

2. Apparatus according to claim 1, wherein analysis of the at least one image to determine at least one vegetation control technology comprises a determination of at least one location of vegetation in the at least first part of the environment, and wherein the processing unit is configured to determine the at least one vegetation control technology to be used at that at least one location.

3. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-2, wherein the at least one image was acquired by at least one camera, and wherein the input unit is configured to provide the processing unit with at least one location associated with the at least one camera when the at least one image was acquired.

4. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-3, wherein analysis of the at least one image to determine the at least one vegetation control technology comprises a determination of at least one type of weed.

5. Apparatus according to claim 4, wherein the processing unit is configured to determine at least one location of the at least one type of weed.

6. Appa

image to determine the at least one vegetation control technology comprises a determination of a first type of weed in the at least first part of the environment and a determination of a second type of weed in at least a second part of the environment.

7. Apparatus according to claim 6, wherein the processing unit is configured to analyse the at least one image to determine a first vegetation control technology to be used for weed control for the first type of weed in the at least the first part of the environment; and wherein the processing unit is configured to analyse the at least one image to determine a second vegetation control technology to be used for weed control for the second type of weed in at least a second part of the environment.

8. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-7, wherein the processing unit is configured to analyse the at least one image to determine a first vegetation control technology from the plurality of vegetation control technologies to be used for weed control for at least the first part of the environment; and wherein the processing unit is configured to analyse the at least one image to determine a second vegetation control technology from the plurality of vegetation control technologies to be used for weed control for at least a second part of the environment.

9. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-8, wherein analysis of the at least one image comprises utilisation of a machine learning algorithm.

10. A system (100) for weed control, comprising:

at least one camera (110);

an apparatus (10) for weed control according to any of claims 1-9; and

at least one vegetation control technology (120);

wherein, the at least one camera is configured to acquire the at least one image of the environment;

wherein, the at least one vegetation control technology is mounted on a vehicle (130); and

wherein, the apparatus is configured to activate the at least one vegetation control technology for the at least first part of the environment.

11. System according to claim 10, wherein the apparatus is mounted on the vehicle; and wherein the at least one camera is mounted on the vehicle.

12. A method (200) for weed control, comprising:

(a) providing (210) a processing unit with at least one image of an environment;

(c) analysing (220) by the processing unit the at least one image to determine at least one vegetation control technology from a plurality of vegetation control technologies to be used for weed control for at least a first part of the environment; and

(e) outputting (230) information by an output unit that is useable to activate the at least one vegetation control technology.

13. Method according to claim 12, wherein step c) comprises step determining (240) at least one location of vegetation in the at least first part of the environment; and wherein the method comprises step d) determining (250) by the processing unit the at least one vegetation control technology to be used at that at least one location.

14. Method according to any of claims 12-13, wherein in step a) the at least one image was acquired by at least one camera; and wherein the method comprises step b) providing (260) the processing unit with at least one location associated with the at least one camera when the at least one image was acquired.

15. A computer program element for controlling an apparatus according to any of claims 1 to 9 and/or system according to any of claims 10-11, which when executed by a processor is configured to carry out the method of any of claims 12-14.