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MyTraps makes tracking pest populations, lures, & pesticide applications simple. Setup traps, record pests, and keep track of lures from the field. Visualize pest populations geographically and over time.
'...Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture company specializing in pest management technologies, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 43 new jobs by 2019. Spensa Technologies will invest $681,813 to expand its existing operations based in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, with funds being used to purchase IT equipment as well as additional office space to accommodate the growing team. The company currently employs 12 full-time associates in Indiana and will be hiring software developers, data analysts and hardware engineers. Interested applicants may search open positions online at www.purdueresearchpark.com/career or send questions to email@example.com.' Economic Development Corporation, Indiana, in.gov
'...Pest detection technology company Spensa Technologies has closed a Series A round of funding on $2.5 million after raising the round from existing investors. The investors first committed to the company during a $1.3 million convertible note round last year and most of them re-invested at Series A, according to Johnny Park, CEO of Spensa Tech. Robert Laikin, a well-known businessman in Indiana as co-founder and CEO of BrightPoint, the wireless devices company, alongside a group of high net worth individuals, led the round. Other investors include mTerra Ventures, a new VC focused on building a sustainable economy, VilCap Investments, the venture arm of incubator and accelerator group Village Capital, and Elevate Ventures, an Indianapolis-based firm. “We didn’t really reach out to conventional venture capital firms because we knew we weren’t going to raise much more than $2.5 million,” Park told AgFunderNews. “We felt this was just enough to get at least a couple of years of runway and all the existing investors were eager to invest more.” The proceeds of the raise will be used to build out the team from 35 people currently, and to build on the “significant” corporate partnerships it has begun to form with strategic players such as AgReliant Genetics, a seed research and production company, crop protection companies such as Bayer and Syngenta, and large ag retailers and cooperatives, according to Park. Spensa Tech’s core hardware product is the Z-Trap, an insect sensor which has been on the market for three years already, but it is still at a small scale manufacturing level which Park wants to scale up between now and 2017.' LOUISA BURWOOD-TAYLOR, AgFunder News
'...Broomfield, Colorado – A new agreement between aWhere Inc. and Spensa Technologies will provide weather-agile pest mitigation to fruit tree and row crop farmers internationally, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Spensa Technologies will leverage aWhere’s location specific weather and agronomic data for two key products: MyTraps and OpenScout. MyTraps collects and manages pest data for fields and orchards and OpenScout application for more efficient and accurate crop scouting practices. Dr. Chad Aeschliman, Director of Engineering at Spensa Technologies, said, “Weather gives us insight into the biological clock of pests, equipping our customers with the ability to act early and get ahead of problems before they start. aWhere provides Spensa with quality weather data, helping make our phenology models more reliable and consistent.”' aWhere, News
'...Published: February 19, 2015 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture company in Purdue Research Park, has launched a new Web and mobile enabled application to help growers and consultants more efficiently scout insects, weeds and disease, identify agronomic issues and nutrient deficiencies. The new application, called "OpenScout," helps field and crop advisers to more easily identify and document the locations of insects, weeds, disease, nutrient deficiencies and general agronomic issues and assign a severity in a more precise manner so growers can strategically mitigate problems before they spread.' Purdue Research Park, purdueresearchpark.com/news
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An agriscience company that develops and markets precision agricultural technologies has expanded its staff for a second time this year with the addition of three professionals to help lead the company's engineering and sales departments. Spensa Technologies Inc., a Purdue Research Park-based company, has hired Chad Aeschliman as director of engineering, Nathan Stewart as regional sales manager and Phill Zimmerman as key account manager. Aeschliman has more than10 years of development and design experience as a researcher in the computer and electrical engineering industry. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. Stewart has nine years of experience in the field of technical sales, marketing and business development. He earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural systems management and a master's degree in industrial and technical studies from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.' Purdue Research Park, purdueresearchpark.com/news
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture startup in Purdue Research Park, received a $630,000 SBIR Phase 2 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand its electronic insect-trapping device, called Z-Trap, to detect and classify multiple insect pest species. This SBIR Phase 2 award also will match any outside investment to the company up to $500,000 in the next two years. "This NSF grant will be used to significantly increase the value of our Z-Trap device to help growers and crop advisers because it will allow them to collect more data and respond with greater precision with their pest management programs," said Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa and a Purdue research assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. "The Z-Trap is an important agricultural tool because it can automatically collect insect population data in real-time, reduce insecticide use and reduce costs.' Purdue Research Park, purdueresearchpark.com/news
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agricultural startup, received $1.3 million from multiple investors and venture programs to further develop an online pest management program, an electronic insect trapping device and to expand its business capabilities. The funding and sources for this round are $300,000 from Elevate Ventures, an Indiana-based nonprofit to help entrepreneurs and emerging startups; $200,000 from the Foundry Investment Fund, a Purdue fund managed by the Purdue Foundry that matches outside investors' funds; $300,000 from Terra Ventures LLC in Boston; $300,000 from Zionsville Precision Ag Venture LLC; and $200,000 from John T. Smith and other private investors. Spensa is launching a new scouting app called OpenScout that helps growers and crop advisers easily record scouting notes and photos as they walk in their fields. Spensa also upgraded its online pest management program called MyTraps that tracks insect populations to better control crop damage caused by pests and reduce the amount of insecticides released into the environment. A third product by Spensa is the Z-Trap, an insect trapping device that automatically counts the number of targeted insects and sends the data remotely to a mobile phone or computer.' Purdue Research Park, purdueresearchpark.com/news
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and WESTFIELD, Ind. — AgReliant Genetics LLC, a leader in seed research, production and quality and the third largest corn seed company in the U.S., and Spensa Technologies Inc., a multiplatform agriculture services company based in the Purdue Research Park, signed an agreement that will help growers integrate innovative and precision planting tools with AgReliant hybrid information to improve overall crop production.' Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue.edu/newsroom
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An agriscience company that develops and markets precision agricultural technologies is hiring two executives who bring a combined 25 years of experience in IT infrastructure, implementation, training and support. Spensa Technologies Inc., a Purdue Research Park-based company, has hired Edward Lee as vice president of business operations, and Zachary Baiel as director of customer relations.' Purdue Research Park, Purdue.edu/newsroom
'...Z-Trap is an electronic insect trap that helps farmers remotely monitor an insect population and protect their crops from insect damage. In 2010, insects cost U.S. farmers around $20 billion in damaged crops and an additional $4.5 billion for insecticide.13 Z-Trap helps prevent crop damage by using pheromones to trap insects and then compile data on the number of different types of insects in the trap. Z-Trap wirelessly transmits the data, including its GPS coordinates, allowing farmers to view a map of the types of insects that have been detected.14 By remotely monitoring pests, farmers can place traps at a density dictated by specific needs, thereby saving time and money and minimizing the use of insecticides.' Daniel Castro and Jordan Misra, Center for Data Innovation
'...The state's life sciences initiative has announced the winners of its 2013 New Venture Competition. They include startups that develop agricultural pest control technology, cloud-based data sharing platforms for hospitals and medical devices. Of seven finalists, the top three are: 1. Spensa Technologies 2. Curvo 3. Jace Medical Emphymab Biotech, a company developing a disease-modifying platform drug for emphysema and other chronic diseases won in the Pre-Venture category. Winners were announced Monday evening during a reception at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit.' insideindianabusiness, insideindianabusiness
'...The second startup to win $50,000, Spensa Technologies–which Loyet voted for–was founded by a researcher at the University of Purdue and is based at Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette in Indiana. It has a cloud-based system for monitoring insects in real-time that allows farmers to reduce and control the amount of pesticide they use. Farmers place devices in the field that determine what kind of insects and how many of them are there and communicate that information through the cloud to a computer. Then farmers can analyze the data and make appropriate pesticide adjustments.' Anne Field, Forbes
'...September 25, 2013--Village Capital and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) announced today that two ventures were selected by their peers in the Village Capital VentureWell startup accelerator. Solar Site Design and Spensa Technologies each received $50,000 to advance their clean tech and agriculture ventures. The investments will allow the startups to further develop products to assist in the planning of solar power projects and improve pest control management for farmers.' InsideINdianaBusiness, InsideINdianaBusiness.com
'...As autumn approaches and Indiana apple orchards near picking season, a West Lafayette-based startup says it will help farmers deliver a bountiful harvest, because the fruit was protected by the company's pest-control technology during growing season. Apple orchards in Pennsylvania and Washington state—leading production sites in the country—as well as Indiana are using Spensa Technologies' Z-Trap, a high-tech trapping device that enables farmers to track their fields' pest population in real-time via a smart phone and take immediate action to protect their crops. The electronic trap automates what's traditionally a laborious task for the farmer. The traps—usually deployed in multiple places throughout the field—use pheromones to attract and capture a specific "target" pest, while not harming beneficial insects, such as those that do pollination work. Operating on a six-month battery life, the trap counts the number of pests captured and sends the information wirelessly to the grower's smartphone or computer. Working hand-in-hand with the company's MyTraps interface, the grower can view a satellite image of his fields with counts of how many pests have been captured in each Z-trap.' Inside Indiana Business, Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Crop producers and consultants could have more energy-efficient, versatile tools to use for integrated pest management processes, thanks to an agriculture technology firm that received grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa Technologies Inc., based in the Purdue Research Park, said integrated pest management is an ecological approach to managing pests in agricultural crops. "The main goal is to reduce the amount of pesticide applications by providing precise information as to when, where and how much pesticide should be applied while keeping pest damage to a minimum," he said.' Steve Martin, purdueresearchpark.com
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An upgraded online pest management program could help agricultural growers and consultants track insect populations to better control crop damage caused by pests and reduce the amount of insecticides released into the environment. "Safely controlling insect populations is one of the biggest dilemmas facing crop growers and agricultural consultants," said Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa Technologies Inc., a Purdue Research Park-based company that developed the online tool MyTraps.com. "In the U.S. in 2010, crop growers lost $20 billion to insect damage and spent $4.5 billion on insecticides."' Allan Fetters, Purdue Research Foundation
'...Z-Trap is a digital Roach Motel for farm pests: Insects check in and they don’t check out, but they do leave an electronic fingerprint. That fingerprint, according to Tom Puterbaugh, vice president of products for Spensa Technologies, is used to distinguish between an innocent ladybug and a crop-eating locust. The electronic traps are placed in the field, creating a wireless sensor network that collects data on the type of insect, density of the infestation, and location in the field, all available via a PC or smartphone. The technology, developed at Purdue University, provides real-time monitoring of insect populations, letting farmers reduce the use of harmful pesticides by targeting only problem areas. Spensa is testing Z-Trap on crops in the U.S., as well as in South America and Australia. Puterbaugh says the company isn’t ready to disclose pricing but says it is “on the doorstep” of having a commercial product ready and plans to begin sales to U.S. apple growers this year.' Ira Sager, BusinessWeek.com
'...Spensa Technologies Inc. received $80,000, and Tymora Analytical Operations LLC received $20,000 from the Emerging Innovations Fund, which helps move research discoveries from Purdue University to the market. The fund was established in 2008 as a partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue University.' Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue.edu/newsroom
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A new online application developed and launched by Spensa Technologies Inc. will help growers and pesticide consultants electronically track the number of insects in their crop fields so they can better control crop damage caused by insects and improve the use of insecticides. MyTraps.com, launched in March 2012, enables growers and consultants to electronically manage insect data and pesticide records on a secure website by entering the data into the site through a Web browser or smart phone.' Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue.edu/newsroom
'...An electronic trap for monitoring insect pests will free up growers or employees from the chore of checking trap catches every week in the field. The battery-operated trap, well under development, will allow them to monitor trap catches online in real time. The project to develop the trap is part of a national research program on labor-saving technology called Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops. Dr. Vince Jones, entomologist at Washington State University, who is a cooperator in the project, said that as orchards expand in size, driving around checking traps in the field can be a considerable expense, particularly as the cost of labor and gasoline increase. Electronic monitoring should be easier and cheaper.' Geraldine Warner and Melissa Hansen, GoodFruit.com
'...BIGLERVILLE, Pa. — Ever thought of thinning an orchard on a mechanical platform with no driver, only a computer? Or how about being able to check the pheromone traps in your orchard by simply clicking on your smartphone? Sounds crazy right? It might not be that far off.' Chris Torres-Staff Writer, Lancaster Farming
'...The key to integrated pest management is monitoring—knowing what is going on in your orchard. “Monitoring is very, very expensive. It takes time and manpower, and it has to be accurate,” says Dr. Larry Hull, Penn State University entomologist. He explained that he and a team of seven collaborators from across the United States are working on a project to make monitoring more efficient and less costly.' Richard Lehnert, GoodFruit.com
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