Big data is a big deal. And understandably so – it is changing virtually every aspect of our lives. And agriculture is no exception. We get this. We do it. Everyday. GEOSYS makes close to 1 petabyte (PB) of satellite imagery data available, live, real-time. That’s the equivalent to 1,000,000 pickup trucks filled with paper that you can search through in milliseconds.
A recent Reuters article titled Digital farming could spell shake-up for crop chemicals sector considers how new technology affects the amount of inputs growers use and highlights a number of digital farming providers who “all aim to provide farmers with individualized prescriptions on how to work each field down to a fraction of an acre.” This begs the question: is farming something that can be prescribed and executed at this level of granularity?
In 1987, Damien Lepoutre – with support from the School of Agriculture of Purpan, France – officially registered GEOSYS as a company in Toulouse, France. He envisioned a company devoted entirely to agriculture by addressing business problems with remote sensing and GIS technologies.