Urban cleantech company AeroFarms announces that it has partnered with Nokia to develop next-generation artificial intelligence-powered plant vision technology.
With this partnership, the companies plan to build artificial intelligence-enabled technology that would increase plant yield using wireless networking systems, drones, and analytics solutions.
Nokia will provide its autonomous drone, private wireless network, and orchestration technologies to integrate it with AeroFarms’ machine vision agriculture-focused data platform.
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This collaboration has enabled AeroFarms to develop groundbreaking new technology that would be able to produce the highest quality plants throughout the year. The companies now aim to deliver their services in various locations like Virginia, UAE, Abu Dhabi, and Danville.
Vice President of Integrated Solutions and Experience Research Lab at Nokia, Thierry Klein, said, “Nokia Bell Labs is driven to solve hard and impactful problems, and together with AeroFarms, we are building the ability to see and identify plant interactions at unprecedented levels. The fundamental technologies of this partnership are our strength, and vertical farming is just the beginning.”
AeroFarms is a New Jersey-based company founded by David Rosenberg, Ed Harwood, and Marc Oshima in the year 2004. The firm specializes in developing artificial intelligence-powered agricultural solutions to help urban farmers grow better crops and produce a higher yield.
AeroFarms has received a total funding of $238 million from investors like Abu Dhabi Investment Office, GSR Ventures, Ingka Group, and Meraas.
Chief Executive Officer of AeroFarms, David Rosenberg, said, “With Nokia Bell Labs, we have developed the next-generation system that can image every plant every day in a cost-effective way at scale. This level of detailed imaging and insights helps us be better farmers by monitoring our plant biology dynamically and allowing us to course-correct as needed to ensure the highest level of quality all year round.”
He further added that they are committed to developing technologies that would solve modern-day farming challenges.