Amber Agriculture is an agriculture technology startup focused on optimizing and managing crops in storage. Post harvest grains are stored in giant silos until ready for transit. Amber has developed pellet sized wireless sensors connected to the cloud that are distributed with the crops through storage all the way to ending up on grocery store shelves. These sensors monitor moisture levels, carbon dioxide, temperature and chemical compounds in the air of the silos or shipping containers. Their first application with this data is to automatically turn on and control fans to prevent crop spoilage and alert farmers of any issues with the crop.
The company is still early stage having recently launched several pilots for their product. The team is based in Champaign, Illinois.
Why I like Them
Amber is part of the digitization wave sweeping the agriculture industry in the last five years that will allow humanity to feed itself with a rapidly growing global population. As I have written several times on this blog I am a huge fan of using IoT for old world industrial type of processes to give real time data and allow optimization. Even small amounts of moisture damage to a crop can lower the price dramatically and when scaled up to massive grain silos the potential savings of this product add up to the tens of thousands.
This type of cheap, easy to distribute technology will be especially useful to farmers in emerging market countries with tougher climates where crop spoilage is a very severe issue and can financially ruin farmers. India is a prime example where crop spoilage and rot is a severe threat to the food supply with an average harvest losing 30% of the crop.
Disclosure: All information is from publicly available sources, I have not had any contact with a member of the company or its investors.