Glas Data presented its farm-centric dashboard, GlasCore, in the REAP 2019 Start-up Showcase. GlasCore allows you to input agri-data from any source and offers fully customisable visualisation and modelling without the need for specialist skills. The company has grown since then and we asked about its progress.
GlasCore, can now combine data from over 70 types of remote sensor as founder Robert Sanders explains: “Farming operations can benefit from being able to detecting patterns across all variables on the farm, and this is what our array of sensors allows them to do.”
Robert’s aim is to make sensors easy to use and affordable for all: “Given the low cost of sensors on the GlasCore platform, there is no limit to the variables that can be measured – we’re actually in early conversations with a local council to establish up to 10,000 sensors.”
Funding accelerates progress
Shortly after REAP the company raised seed funding to allow them to expand commercially. Robert continues: “This year things have really started accelerating, as we bring more sensor types online and widen what we can offer to farmers – and just in the last three months we’ve brought out our new data analysis package.”
“Our sensors feed data to the GlasCore for analysis, but they can also be used to provide remote operation and automated responses,” Robert explains, “when the pattern of incoming data changes suddenly, the wobble in the data is detected by GlasCore and the software sends an alert, which can either be picked up by the farmer, or sent directly to another piece of equipment to action a feedback response.”
“An example use case of Glas Data sensors is in the poultry shed – a sensor can monitor and automatically refill the feed bin and water trough, keeping them fresh and free of disease,” Robert explains, “Or simple sound and temperature sensors can detect ‘huddles’, which is a sign of a welfare problem, as the birds group together and end up crushing each other – so the feedback system allows the farmer to detect that early and intervene.”
“The next step for Glas Data is prediction – for example if you’re looking at egg yield as your key performance indicator (KPI), GlasCore will soon tell you how you can improve that by changing the conditions.”
This year of success has followed Glas Data’s participation in the Start-Up Showcase at REAP2019. To get the first look at this years’ Start-Up Showcase participants, book your tickets for REAP2021 now!
REAP 2021: Changing Time(s) for Agriculture – 10th November 2021
Imagine a world where agriculture is not constrained by time. The ability to manage and manipulate time is increasing and REAP 2021 will explore the advances in technology and breakthroughs in science that is making this possible.
REAP brings together people from across the agri-tech ecosystem who believe that innovation is the engine for change. The conference bridges the gap between producer needs and technology solutions and showcases exciting agri-tech start-ups.