SmithsonHill invests in innovative technology firm Hummingbird

6/03/2017

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Directors from SmithsonHill have invested in the start-up precision farming company Hummingbird to enable further development of their product - creating the software architecture to house their machine learning algorithms. Hummingbird will have its Beta rollout in 2017 across a number of pioneering growers in the East, including working with Russell Smith Farms.

 

Hummingbird is a start-up data analytics and artificial intelligence business for precision farming. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) paired with data collection software enable farms (and their managers) to generate a real-time image of the land and crops’ welfare. From this data, problem areas can be attended when necessary and can work to reduce a farm's water consumption, pesticide use and more.

SmithsonHill Ltd is a Cambridge-based joint venture between landowners Russell Smith Farms Limited and Hill Commercial Investments Limited who are united in their vision for the future of AgriTech.

Directors from SmithsonHill have invested in the start-up company Hummingbird to enable further development of their product - creating the software architecture to house their machine learning algorithms. Hummingbird will have its Beta rollout in 2017 across a number of pioneering growers in the East, including working with Russell Smith Farms.

Emma Fletcher, Managing Director of SmithsonHill said “SmithsonHill understands the importance of developing science and technology to aid the efficiency of farming and agriculture as a whole. We are aware of the impact of global population growth and the associate increase in food consumption over the next 30 or so years. We want to do what we can to help farmers and the industry achieve this production growth in the most sustainable way. Funding innovative start-up companies with the technology and know-how to revolutionise the way we farm is just one way we can do that.”

 “We are extremely excited to have the support of SmithsonHill and Russell Smith Farms at this pivotal time in our development” says CEO, Will Wells. “Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are game-changing new technologies for modern precision farming. We look forward to the results of our Beta commercial rollout this year and thank SmithsonHill for their involvement with the project.”

 

About Hummingbird

Hummingbird is a start-up data analytics and artificial intelligence business for the precision farming sector. Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) platforms mounted with custom designed sensors, Hummingbird can rapidly collect data over large areas of crops at critical time points in the season. The outcome is a back-end cloud-based software platform built around disease detection, crop health monitoring and yield prediction algorithms. Since conception in January 2016, Hummingbird has conducted an intense trial period across multiple farms in the UK.

Hummingbird’s UAV-enabled imagery is sent directly to the cloud, where a workflow of unique, proprietary machine learning algorithms, presents information to the farmer as actionable intelligence via a simple user interface which can be accessed on a desktop, tablet or smart phone, less than 24 hours later. The underlying principle of Hummingbird’s product is to steer the AgriTech sphere away from the trap of ‘data-for-data’s-sake’, and to provide farmers with real information, with clear economic and environmental impacts. 

Contact: Will Wells <will@hummingbirdtech.com>

About SmithsonHill

SmithsonHill, a joint venture between Russell Smith Farms and Hill Commercial Investments, seeks to develop a commercial space in Cambridge dedicated to advancing the AgriTech and associated science and technology sectors.

Through a unique combination of land, cutting edge farming, construction expertise and delivering community solutions, the partnership aims to fulfil an important role in facilitating the future success of both business and local communities, as well as to help Cambridge retain its global economic position and contribute to the region’s future prosperity.

www.smithsonhill.co.uk

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