Aerobotics uses satellite and drone imagery to monitor crops and warn about potential risks before it is too late, using artificial intelligence to analyse the collected data and advise farmers accordingly.

Aerobotics can help farmers increase productivity and lower costs by shortening the time required for a full farm inspection from one day to 20 minutes. The farmer can choose to either use the satellite imagery or a drone, to detect evidence of disease before it becomes visible to the human eye. Once the drone or satellite imagery has been collected using multi-frequency photography, the farmer can then use the data to more quickly and accurately scout the farm for pests and diseases in the specific locations that have been flagged as problem areas through machine learning. Using the Aerobotics app, the farmer can take pictures of the pest or diseases and get support in detecting the exact problem in order to then come up with a treatment plan.

The Aerobotics technology is currently being used in hundreds of farms in 11 countries around the world. The technology is being utilised in 40% of the macadamia nut farms and 20% of the citrus farms of South Africa. In 2018 the company processed 45,000 hectares and analysed 13 million trees.

Why you should care

Farmers often have the difficult task of manually monitoring thousands of hectares for pests and diseases as this is both time consuming and labor intensive. As the world’s population is expected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050, the higher agricultural demand will require more efficient ways of farming.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Zero Hunger

795 million people still suffer from hunger. By improving agricultural productivity, farmers are able to increase food security.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Aerobotics helps developing the agricultural sector by providing an innovative solution to farmers in vulnerable areas.

Responsible Consumption and Production

A third of all food produced globally is wasted, a part of this waste is generated due to pre-harvest problems, such as pest infestations. By being able to detect these problems early on, farmers can reduce waste in their production.