Microsoft and SlantRange team up to improve modern agriculture

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 05 November 2018
Microsoft and SlantRange team up to improve modern agriculture

Microsoft is teaming up with airborne remote sensing and analytics firm SlantRange to develop powerful and scalable aerial measurement and data solutions for the global agriculture market.  

The combination of SlantRange’s existing technology alongside Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Edge will enable agriculture firms to collect, manage and analyse data from large networks of sensors. This can then be used anywhere in the world, including in the most remote farming areas, whilst preserving the essential features and security of enterprise IT systems.

This combination of technology will ultimately “have a profound and positive effect on farm productivity around the world”, said Michael Ritter, CEO of SlantRange. “Azure IoT Edge is a perfect fit for our next generation of sensor and analytics solutions… [and] will allow large drone programs to operate at global scales with versatile new tools for data security, highly distributed learning models, and device management.”

“Agricultural innovation is critical to feeding the world's growing population while reducing the environmental impact of farming. Technology powering this innovation is becoming increasingly important to Microsoft and our customers across retail, grocery, and food industries around the globe,” commented Dinesh Narayanan, director of Device Incubation at Microsoft. “We're proud to be partnering with SlantRange on the integration of Azure IoT Edge with their leading sensor and analytics solution, allowing them to provide valuable data and insights at the scale required by the biggest agri-businesses in the world.”

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