Aerobotics, a South African-based agri-startup that is helping farmers look at their farms in a smart way using drones and data analytics, is planning to set up an office in California in the United States.
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 said it 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.”
In February 2019, Aerobotics launched a series of events around South Africa called “AeroCon” in partnership with various drone industry partners and sponsors, including the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), First National Bank, Wesgro, PROMMAC, MicaSense and Rectron, among others.
AeroCon is a “one-stop-shop” for people wanting to build their own drone piloting business and features a range of speakers and activities to help aspiring drone pilots navigate the necessary licensing and certification requirements.
Aerobotics was co-founded by James Paterson (CEO) and Benji Meltzer (CTO) in 2014.
Farming is a risky business with pests and disease often reducing a farmer’s yields. Aerobotics’ software, Aeroview, empowers tree crop farmers to identify early-stage problems in their orchards. Used in conjunction with the Aerobotics’ Aeroview Scout App on their smartphone, farmers are able to locate problem areas on a tree-by-tree basis.
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