Osram Acquires Stake in Montreal-based Horticulture Start-up Motorleaf

2018-05-16

标题:欧司朗收购蒙特利尔园艺创业板股份

Osram’s venture capital arm, Fluxunit, has acquired a stake in Canadian startup Motorleaf, an artificial intelligence company focused on bringing actionable, datadriven insights to greenhouse and indoor farm operators.

Motorleaf’s hardware and software support strengthen the human and environmental aspects of greenhouse production, helping to predict accurate harvest amounts in a tight-margin industry. By providing a digital agronomist, Motorleaf’s yield prediction tools help greenhouse operators meet contract obligations, better plan weekly operations and forecast production capacities in real time.

“We see strong potential in leveraging advanced data analytics to further optimize predictability and performance of production in commercial greenhouse and indoor farm production,” said Ulrich Eisele, Managing Director of Osram’s Fluxunit.

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For horticultural applications, Osram already supplies specially developed lighting solutions designed for cultivating plants in greenhouses or indoor farms that stimulate and manage plant growth. Adjusting light in the context of overall environmental growing conditions to the specific needs and characteristics of a plant has a strong impact on actual yield and quality of the plants produced. Motorleaf’s solution adds smart harvest forecasts based on artificial intelligence.

In initial trials with California greenhouse SunSelect, Motorleaf’s technology led to a 50 percent reduction in yield prediction error in tomatoes. These results were enough for SunSelect to adopt Motorleaf’s algorithms after a short trial.

However, yield prediction is just the first step in Motorleaf’s solutions for producers. “Better yield prediction is only the beginning for Motorleaf’s value to this sector,” says Motorleaf CEO Alastair Monk. “We’re ultimately producing dynamic grower protocols, which help manage everything from light and nutrients to predicting crop diseases before they happen and optimized growing conditions that increase ROI – all based on real-time data.”

In this seed financing round, Fluxunit, along with financial investors Radicle Growth, Desjardins Capital, Real Ventures, BDC Capital and 500 Startups Canada invested $2.85 million USD in Motorleaf. 

Osram recently expanded its horticulture portfolio with the acquisition of US specialty luminaire supplier Fluence Bioingeneering. Via its Fluxunit Osram also holds a stake in the horticulture start-up Agrilution since 2017. Solutions for plant lighting open up an attractive growth market for the high-tech company Osram. Intelligent lighting plays an increasingly important role in the food supply of rapidly growing mega-cities.

欧司朗旗下的风险投资公司FLUXUnice收购了加拿大创业机器公司的股份,该公司专注于向温室和室内农场经营者提供可操作的、数据化的见解。.FoMeLoad的硬件和软件支持加强了温室生产的人和环境方面,有助于预测边缘地区的精确收获量。.通过提供一个数字的农学家,motorleaf产量预测工具可以帮助温室运营商满足合同义务,更好的计划每周的作业和实时预测生产能力.“我们看到利用先进的数据分析,以进一步优化商业温室和室内农场生产的可预测性和生产性能的强大潜力,”Ulrich Eisele说,欧司朗的磁通单元的总经理。.(图像:欧司朗)为园艺应用,欧司朗已经提供专门开发的解决方案,用于培育温室或室内农场的植物,以刺激和管理植物生长。.在整个环境生长条件下调节光对植物的特定需要和特性的影响对植物的实际产量和质量产生了很大的影响。.FooLead的解决方案增加了基于人工智能的智能收获预测.在加利福尼亚温室SunScice的初步试验中,MutoLeb的技术导致番茄产量预测误差减少了50%。.这些结果足以满足SunScice在短时间试验后采用MaulLead的算法。.然而,产量预测只是摩托公司生产商解决方案的第一步。.“更好的产量预测只是摩托叶对该行业价值的开始,”摩托叶首席执行官Alastair Monk说。.“我们最终产生了动态种植者协议,它帮助管理从光和营养到预测作物病害发生之前的一切,并优化基于实时数据的ROI增长条件。.“在这个种子融资回合中,Fluxunit,随着金融投资者的成长,德贾斯丁资本、RealEngvices、BDC资本和500家初创公司加拿大投资了2美元。.Motorleaf 8500万美元.欧司朗最近通过收购美国特产灯具供应商Fluence Bioingeneering,扩大其园艺投资组合。.通过它的FrxUn单元欧司朗也持有自2017开始的园艺创业农业的股份。.工厂解决方案为欧司朗高科技公司开拓有吸引力的增长市场.智能在快速发展的特大城市食品供应中发挥着越来越重要的作用来自百度翻译
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