Planet Labs, which operates the largest fleet of earth-imaging satellites, has announced the first closing of their $70 million Series C, with continued backing from some of the biggest VCs in Silicon Valley including the Data Collective, Yuri Milner, DFJ, Capricorn, OATV, Founder Fund, Felicis Ventures, First Round, AME Cloud Ventures, Industry Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, Lux Capital, Ray Rothrock (Venrock GP).
There are at least 20 agtech startups that use remote sensing technology for different precision farming applications. Here are the most prominent remote sensing companies, sorted by the main source of remote sensing data each uses.
After starting in the orchards and vineyards more common to its home base, the West Coast, Ceres recently entered the row crop space largely through a partnership with Monsanto's The Climate Corporation.
Local businesses are starting to survey the damage wrought by the category 4 storm and remote sensing has a clear role to play, with companies turning their technology to help the recovery efforts.
Dr. Naira Hovakimyan describes some of the inherent challenges in applying data analysis to agriculture and offers some thoughts on the solution for the digital agriculture industry going forward.
SlantRange, a US drone sensor manufacturer and imagery analytics provider using computer vision for agriculture, has won a contract with Bayer CropScience's crop breeding and research programs in the US.
Ceres Imaging captures aerial imagery for agriculture using proprietary sensors that are attached to fixed wing aircraft and then analyzed for farmers.
The potential for drones to revolutionize agriculture reached fever pitch in 2015, but there were soon signs that the technology may have been overhyped. Step-in the next generation of drone tech startups hoping to resolve the main painpoints.
Modern sensing instruments have advanced far beyond simple photographic film. Today’s devices measure light, radiation, and heat by capturing different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, writes Joe Byrum.
The year's first exit came from Observant, an early agtech pioneer in the precision water management space. Jain Irrigation acquired the Australian company.
TerrAvion takes hundreds of low-altitude flights to capture bird’s-eye views of farms and raised funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firms.