Drone Ag has launched a crowdfunding campaign to develop its Skippy Scout software.
The firm says it is aiming to raise £250,000 for the smartphone app and platform which automates crop monitoring using drones, and analyses the data using deep learning AI.
Founder of Drone Ag, Jack Wrangham commented: “Skippy Scout automates drones in a way never done before, with the aim to collect and analyse leaf-level data in a simple and practical way that fits with current farming practices and helps to increase efficiency.”
Funds will be used to allow the business to develop new features, hire new talent in-house and take the platform to market over the next 18 months.
On the reasons for using a crowdfunding campaign, Wrangham says it allows anyone to get involved.
He explains: “Crowdfunding allows anyone to invest and to share in our success. We truly believe that Skippy Scout can bring huge improvements to efficiency in agriculture and food production, which is in everyone’s interest as we try to feed a growing global population.”