SLANTRANGE Selected As Finalist In Prestigious SXSW Accelerator Competition For Drone-Based Precision Agriculture Technology

by | Mar 12, 2015

March 12, 2015 ” SLANTRANGE, Inc., a drone-based agricultural crop sensor and data analytics company, announced today it was selected from many elite startups internationally to present its new technology at SXSW.  SLANTRANGE will present their business solutions to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience March 14-15, 2015 in Austin, Texas at the 7th annual SXSW Accelerator competition presented by Oracle.

SLANTRANGE CEO Mike Ritter stated, “We can show the farmer exactly where and what to treat with surgical precision, greatly minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizer.  Our technology is unsurpassed in detecting vast arrays of crop health conditions, uncovering problems invisible to the naked eye and unobtainable from the ground.  This means greater yields and healthier crops with use of fewer resources.”

Mr. Ritter adds, “Our patent pending technology uniquely adjusts for differing atmospheric conditions, ensuring the accuracy of the information and subsequently making proper treatment decisions.  In addition, farmers have access to this information in minutes and without the need for high power computing resources or any network connectivity, which is a huge advance over existing technology and the result of new algorithms we've developed explicitly for agricultural applications.  This allows the farmer to address their crop issues accurately and the same day. These two elements are very significant and will fundamentally alter the agriculture industry.”

SLANTRANGE’s business opportunities extend far beyond the corn and soybean farms of Nebraska (where the technology was developed) to crop and agricultural production processes all over the world.  The company is intent on leveraging the opportunities and visibility with their selection by SXSW.

About SXSW Accelerator Competition

This is the marquee event of the SXSW Interactive Festival Startup Village, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new technology innovations to a panel of hand picked judges and a live audience. Over the past six years of companies competing in SXSW Accelerator, more than 50 percent have gone on to receive funding in excess of $1.7 billion and 12 percent of the companies have been acquired” said Chris Valentine, SXSW Event Producer.

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SLANTRANGE was founded in 2013 to bring the power of airborne remote sensing to agriculture through economical means that are within reach of even the smallest family farms.  Its technology provides farmers accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information on the health of their fields to enable the more efficient application of inputs, improved yields, and an entirely new yield predictive capability.  The company includes experts in farming, agronomy, and remote sensing for military, intelligence, and earth science applications.

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