Israeli agriculture startup SupPlant, a developer of autonomous irrigation based on IoT, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US-based, Israeli-founded weather intelligence platform ClimaCell, the companies announced this week.
Under the agreement, ClimaCell’s weather intelligence will be implemented in SupPlant’s solutions to supply meaningful irrigation insights for farmers.
Combining the tech of both firms will bring “accurate farming to hundreds of millions of small farmers across the globe,” the statement said.
The companies will focus on India and China in the first stage. India has 110 million small farmers and China has 180 million.
Founded in 2012, SupPlant has developed an autonomous irrigation system (GBI) built on IoT that works in the cloud and combines data aggregated from a system of sensors. SupPlant uses wirelessly transmitted data from sensors in the field that monitor the weather and soil, as well as from specialized plant sensors that measure stem diameter, leaf temperature and more. After uploading weather forecasts to the cloud, SupPlant’s unique algorithm will dissect the data and make a decision on the amount and time of irrigation needed for the plant.
The system, used by large farmers around the world, maximizes water efficiency and decision making based on data which creates more crops and stronger crops.
“SupPlant ‘s ability In general, and this partnership in particular, to find a unique solution that for the first time addresses an overwhelming majority of world farmers – the small farmers – has the potential to have extraordinary implications for entire communities’ economies and food and water reserves in these countries,” said Uri Ben Ner, CEO of SupPlant.
Founded in 2015 by a team of Israeli entrepreneurs, ClimaCell develops a weather forecasting system, capable of predicting the weather on a minute-by-minute basis. ClimaCell uses data from weather databases, wireless networks, internet-of-things (IoT) devices, and cellular networks and analyzes it to determine real-time weather conditions on the ground. The company has an office in Tel Aviv but is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
“We are proud of our ability to enable our weather intelligence in the Hagertech world, with the goal of changing the lives of small farmers around the world and helping them grow the crops that will feed and serve their families. Collaboration with SupPlant will bring the weather forecasting technology to the agricultural field,” said Dan Slagan, vice president of marketing for ClimaCell.