SLANTRANGE Inc., a drone-based agricultural crop sensor and data analytics company, is planning to showcase the business opportunities its technology presents in farming.
For the seventh annual SXSW Accelerator competition – held March 14-15 in Austin, Texas – SLANTRANGE was chosen to present to a panel of judges and an audience.
The company, founded in 2013, says its solution brings the power of airborne remote sensing to agriculture through economical means that are within reach of even the smallest family farms. With its selection by SXWS, the company is intent on leveraging the opportunities and visibility of the technology.
The event is part of the SXSW Interactive Festival Startup Village, where start-ups from around the world showcase new technology innovations. “Over the past six years of companies competing in SXSW Accelerator, more than 50 percent have gone on to receive funding in excess of $1.7 billion, and 12 percent of the companies have been acquired,’ says Chris Valentine, SXSW event producer.
‘We can show the farmer exactly where and what to treat with surgical precision, greatly minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizer,” explains Mike Ritter, SLANTRANGE CEO.
‘Our patent-pending technology uniquely adjusts for differing atmospheric conditions, ensuring the accuracy of the information and, subsequently, making proper treatment decisions,” he says.
“In addition, farmers have access to this information in minutes and without the need for high-power computing resources or any network connectivity – which is a huge advance over existing technology and the result of new algorithms we’ve developed explicitly for agricultural applications.”