Fermata is focused on the application of data science and computer vision solutions to challenges faced by commercial agriculture. Engaged in extensive research since the company’s inception in 2019, Fermata has now developed an adaptive computer vision platform designed to automatically detect pests and diseases at their earliest stages. This early-detection platform enables growers to reliably mitigate these issues well in advance of the point crop loss becomes inevitable, and further reduces the amount of time and money spent on traditional scouting.
As early detection of pests and pathogens is key to ensuring both the quality and quantity of a harvest, Cultivatd believes in the value of offering Croptimus™ to their greenhouse and indoor farm clients.
“Identifying and stopping pests and disease before experiencing crop loss is a constant challenge for indoor farm operators,” Eric Levesque, Managing Partner at Cultivatd explained, “To help growers address the threat, Fermata’s advanced, 24/7, precise plant monitoring system discovers areas-of-concern well in advance of farm staff’s scouting efforts. By working to save labor costs, as well as improve crop quality, consistency, and yield, Fermata makes our clients’ lives easier and their companies more profitable.”
The use of advanced machine learning enables the platform to learn over time and hence improve its pest detection capacity, ensuring over-time, accurate, and reliable pest detection methods.
The Croptimus™ platform also features 360º views of the grow area canopy, with augmented reality overlays that indicate exactly where specific issues are to be found. Integrated heat maps depicting pest and disease pressure over time also allow growers to monitor their crop for persistent issues which may indicate problems within their facilities.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to work with Cultivatd in delivering advanced technology solutions designed to maximize profits for growers,” Fermata CEO, Alastair Monk, added, “As the use of computer vision in greenhouses and indoor farms is rapidly becoming a new standard for monitoring cultivation — starting with automating the discovery of pests and disease — this partnership is certain to extend our reach within the market, enabling more growers to take advantage of the significant crop loss and labor savings provided by Croptimus™.”