Bayer has entered a strategic partnership with Prospera, an AI data analytics company specializing in machine learning. With a focus on agriculture, Prospera provides a transformative, digital farming system to vegetable greenhouse growers worldwide that generates insights and optimizes the growing process.
The collaboration brings together the strengths of Prospera’s data and AI capabilities with Bayer’s expertise in vegetable production, crop protection, and digital transformation, to provide an all-in-one, cloud-based service that will help transform grower operations and enable greater access to high-quality fruits and vegetables.
“At Bayer, we believe in the power of collaboration to bring more innovative, digital solutions to life. Our partnership with Prospera is our first step into solutions beyond the seed for the vegetable greenhouse market. We look forward to innovating with customers to find new ways of solving the problems that growers face every day,” said Chris Moore, Head of Digital Transformation for Bayer’s Vegetable Seeds business.
The joint solution will enable vegetable greenhouse growers to make more timely and insightful decisions that help optimize both the profitability and sustainability of their crops and operations. For example, using Prospera’s data visualization and analysis platform, pepper growers will be able to apply precise quantities of water to specific locations in the greenhouse, enabling more efficient use of natural resources and yielding more sustainably grown produce.
The initial roll out and in-field exploration of the offering will begin in July 2020 in Mexico, an important market for disruptive innovation and global vegetable production. Bayer and Prospera will collaborate with several key customers in the region to continuously adjust and enhance the digitized farming system, with the intent to expand globally in coming years based on growers’ needs and changing consumer demand.
“We are very excited to partner with Bayer, the world leading provider of vegetable seeds and crop protection solutions. We believe this collaboration can unleash tremendous value for vegetable greenhouse growers,” said Daniel Koppel, CEO and Co-Founder of Prospera Technologies. “Our advanced AI algorithms and data tools combined with Bayer’s complimentary knowledge and data sets have the potential to change the way vegetables are grown and help feed the world sustainably with fresh, nutritious food.”