Spotta Brings Medical Technology to Pest Monitoring
Could medical technology help farmers with pest monitoring? Spotta is a European-based company that is drawing on experience from medical technology to help farmers scout for pests. CEO Robert Fryers says these smart devices can give farmers early warning without the cost of manual scouting.
Fryers… “My background and my co-founder's background, actually both of us, was in really low power medical devices. So we started off in a completely different world, making things like the little pill cameras that you can swallow for doctors to diagnose what's going on on the inside of you. But that meant that we knew all about really, really low power camera systems and the technology that we have is basically taking the sort of image processing that would normally require a big, powerful cloud computer, and crunching it down until it fits in a small cheap box of electronics that will run for a year off a single double a alkaline.”
Fryers says as they started talking to farmers and agronomists, they realized their technology could be very helpful, affordable, and easy to implement.
Fryers… “The one that's on the market right now actually is for a forestry pest and for another one for red Palm weevil, which is a pest of date and coconut palms, which we're doing in Europe and the middle east. But we have plans and got a roadmap of products to cover basically all the major agricultural pests over the next few years. Our technology is a very broadly applicable platform.”
The company recently opened a U.S.-office and plans to expand their offerings in the coming months.