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Spacenus: satellite monitoring and Artificial Intelligence to boost precision farming

27/01/2019 667 views 1 likes
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ESA BIC Hessen & Baden Württemberg start-up Spacenus improves precision farming with their AI-augmented system for field geometrics and plant nutrition. Meet Spacenus at the 10th ESA Investment Forum  in ESOC 31 January 2019.

Efficiency is the key

Agriculture is undergoing a major digital revolution to meet the food demands of the world's growing population. Spacenus is a company focused on Deep Learning technologies offering Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms, which use mobile phone cameras and satellite imagery to provide precision farming recommendations, to fully exploit agricultural potential.

Our goal is to use resources as sustainable as possible to achieve the best results



In addition to provide tailored AI solutions, the company develops and offers two products to the agricultural industry:

- Field boundary identification
- Plant nutrient detection

Agricultural field boundary as a service (FBAS)

Each field is globally unique so as their boundaries, i.e. the geometric margin of area with a single crop.

Instead of manually doing this, Spacenus` product Field-Boundary comproves automatically all the geometric data for agriculture fields as a service - which are the basis for field-level digital farming.

The company uses AI for automatic field boundary recognition from satellite imagery and provide field geometries as API service, which the agricultural enterprises can integrate in their existing systems, thus lower the hurdle for farmers to get on-boarded their digital farming app.

Plant nutrient detection (PND)

PND makes use of deep learning algorithm to quantify the nutrient status in plant leaves just from a smart phone photo.

With the Spacenus method six different nutrients (N, P, K, S, Ca and Mg) status that are essential for plant growth can currently be quantified.

The PND alghoritmn has been confirmed to provide a high degree of accuracy and Spacenus provides the Plant Nutrient Detection service as API, which can be implemented in already existing farming systems.

Spacenus Team

Riazuddin Kawsar and Lionel Born
Riazuddin Kawsar and Lionel Born

Spacenus was founded by Riazuddin Kawsar (CEO) and Lionel Born (CSO).

An experienced geospatial engineer and holding an MSc in Geospatial Technology Riazuddin Kawsar is passionate about geospatial technologies and Artificial Intelligence.

Lionel Born holds an MSc in Information Systems, is an experienced entrepreneur and is passionate about strategy and product development.

Spacenus is part of ESA BIC Hessen & Baden Württemberg

The Spacenus start-up is under incubation at the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Hessen and Baden-Württemberg at their Darmstadt location.

Spacenus Team
Spacenus Team

10th ESA Investment Forum 
Spacenus will participate to the 10th ESA Investment Forum 31 January 2019.

The ESA Investment Forum is an ESA space solutions event organized by ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen and Baden-Württemberg in partnership with with High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) 

The aim is to foster investments in start-ups operating in the space domain as well as within related application domains, downstream as well as upstream. It provides a platform for networking as well as matchmaking between innovative space start-ups and investors.

ESA BICs - World's largest ecosystem for space-related entrepreneurship

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen and Baden-Württemberg is part of the ESA space solutions network of 20 ESA BICs throughout Europe.

The centres are operated under ESA’s Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Programme Office (TTPO) with the European network of Technology Transfer Brokers. Together they offer access to all aspects of space-related innovation, technology and intellectual properties and is a gateway to ESA and European space research and developments.

The 20 ESA BICs in 17 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and UK – are forming the largest ecosystem in the world for space-related entrepreneurship. The 21th centre is soon to open in Northern Germany and more centres are already under preparation.

Over 700 start-ups have been fostered and another near 180 new start-ups are taken in yearly at the ESA BICs to be supported under the two-years business development boosting programme.