Fast Company announced on Wednesday that Aerobotics has earned the standing of number 10 on their 2019 Most Innovative Companies List in the Africa sector.
The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world. Half of the companies on this year’s MIC 50 list are appearing for the first time.
“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.”
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 highly accurate data empowers farmers to make better decisions in the field, so they can increase their yield and produce a more balanced crop.
The Fast Company announcement marks another milestone and achievement for Aerobotics, which has seen rapid growth, success and recognition over the last few years and, especially, the last five months.
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.
At the end of 2018, Aerobotics was named Innovator of the Year and one of the top five most exciting startups to watch in South Africa in the same week shortly after winning the VivaTech Challenge at the AfricArena event in Cape Town. Those awards recognised Aerobotics for specific achievements in the technology and operations sides of the business.
This year, Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out groundbreaking businesses across 35 industries and every region. They also judged nominations received through their application process. The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.