Spotta brings medical technology to parasite surveillance
It’s time for your report on the Farm of the Future. I am Tim Hammerich.
Could medical technology help farmers monitor pests? Spotta is a European company that draws on the experience of medical technology to help farmers detect pests. CEO Robert Fryers says these smart devices can give farmers early warning without the cost of manual testing.
Deep fryers… “My background and that of my co-founder, in fact both, was in very low consumption medical devices. So we started out in a whole different world, making things like little pill cameras that you can swallow for doctors to diagnose what’s going on inside you. But that meant we knew all about ultra-low-power camera systems, and the technology we have is basically taking the kind of image processing that would normally require a big, powerful cloud computer, and downsizing it. until it fits into a small, inexpensive electronics box that will run for a year on a single double alkaline.
Fryers says that as they started talking to farmers and agronomists, they realized their technology could be very useful, affordable, and easy to implement.
Deep fryers… “The one currently on the market is actually for a forest pest and another for the red palm weevil, which is a pest of date and coconut palms, which we do in Europe and the Middle East. But we have plans and a product roadmap to cover virtually all of the major agricultural pests over the next few years. Our technology is a very widely applicable platform.
The company recently opened an office in the United States and plans to expand its offering in the coming months.