Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, pests and disease are identified and the results then communicated via push notifications to the farmer.
Additionally, the Aeroview system will now automatically generate scout routes for farmers using Aerobotics AI.
“Until now, the farmer has had to take time to visit each individual tree and rely on experience and knowledge in the field to identify pests and disease.
“Aeroview has the technology to do all of this for the farmer. The amount of time, energy and money that farmers can save with Aerobotics’ new technology is impressive,” said Aerobotics data science manager Michael Malahe.
He said that once the system had automatically detected problem trees that needed further investigation and a scout route had been planned using AI, Aerobotics’ Drone Scouting application would send the route to a drone.
“Aerobotics has been looking at how we can combine our technology and farming knowledge to help farmers streamline their operations and save time and money,” said Aerobotics co-founder and CTO Benji Meltzer.
“This has massive implications for the farming sector as early detection of these risks will enable early intervention, saving farmers costs, protecting crops and saving yields exposed to harmful pests and disease.”
Agri SA president Dan Kriek said technological innovations in agriculture accessible to the ordinary producer were crucial for ensuring South Africa’s food security on a sustainable basis.
Nedbank, a partner of and Series A investor in Aerobotics, said it was excited and proud to have taken a minority equity stake in enterprising South African aerial data-analytics specialist Aerobotics, with a view to enhancing our endeavours to do good as experts in the agri-sector.
“In July this year, our venture capital team invested in a minority equity interest in this disruptive technology company building advanced analytics on top of aerial drone and satellite imagery to deliver precision farming tools for the agri-sector,” said John Hudson, Nedbank’s head of agriculture for business banking