Aerobotics has been named in the top 10 in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies List in the Africa sector.
The list honours the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in the world.
Aerobotics processes data from drone and satellite imagery through its proprietary artificial intelligence software to discover and analyse problems, pests and diseases affecting individual trees or vines on a farm.
In addition to health, the software also measures size, height and canopy volume.
This type of data empowers farmers to make better decisions in the field, so they can increase their yield and produce a more balanced crop.
“We are proud and excited to have been named to Fast Company’s 2019 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies list,” said Aerobotics co-founder and CEO James Paterson. “The hard work all of us have been putting into growing Aerobotics and increasing the number of farmers and agriculture partners we can help is being recognised more and more.”
As part of its recent growth, Aerobotics has recently hired Stuart van der Veen as chief platform officer from Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB), where he was head of disruption and innovation.
Stuart Reid has also recently joined Aerobotics as head of data science to help drive and grow their capabilities.
In November 2018, Aerobotics announced that it had processed more than 10 million trees in its artificial intelligence and software, making its technology and solutions stronger and more accurate.
By the time of Fast Company’s announcement, the number of trees processed has already increased to more than 20 million.
Aerobotics has expanded its presence around the world and is now operating in 13 countries, including South Africa, the United States, Australia and Portugal.
In the first half of 2019, Aerobotics will also be launching an office in California to help push its presence and offering with tree and vine crop growers in California and throughout the United States.
“We have been growing at a faster pace than most people in the agriculture and technology industries expected,” said Aerobotics COO Tim Willis. “While we are proud of how far we have come and how fast we have grown, we believe we are only getting started. The market can expect many more big achievements and announcements to come from Aerobotics in the near, medium and long term.”