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Africa: Firm Unveils Platform to Boost Agriculture in Nigeria, Africa

As part of its quest to use technology to improve modern day farming with seamless data gathering, a Nigerian start-up Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, AirSmat Limited, has launched an AI-powered software platform to help farm owners and other corporate organisations have access to actionable intelligence that will drive efficiency in cost savings, enhance their business operations and improve their profitability.

At the virtual launch in Lagos, the company disclosed that the products, SmatCrows, SmatAI, SmatSat and SmatMapper are the first of its kind that will enable predicable improved crop yield for farm corporations.

Speaking during the launch, the Chief Technology Officer, AirSmat, Adeoluwa Ibukunle said: “Our SmatCrows software app is built to autonomously fly drones; drones serve as a vehicle to capture aerial farm data which automatically gets ingested to our SmatPortal for processing using machine learning capabilities running on a GPU capable machine. Our SmatSat provides historical forecast and real time intelligence such as soil temperature, moisture, humidity, NDVI to our customers.”

He added: “Our SmatAI analyses captured data to extract useful intelligence such as crop count on the farm, weed detection, possible plant diseases, among others.”

He said with the software solution, farm owners can also obtain prompt intelligence that will help them decide on the type of crops to farm with the soil temperature and moisture content information provided through the SmatSat capabilities.