Helsinki, Finland: The team behind the wireless underground soil monitoring solution at Soil Scout has announced a new equal distribution partnership with US-based GreenSight, a leading provider of autonomous aerial intelligence services for golf courses.
The technology partnership will give greenkeepers a real-time understanding of how to create optimal above and below ground conditions for their courses while increasing efficiency on water and nutrient usage.
“Understanding what happens is critical if fields are to reach their true potential,” said Jalmari Talola, Chief Executive Officer at Soil Scout, an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Talola added: “When it comes to greenkeepers, their challenge is real – to maintain extremely high-quality surfaces over large areas while facing pressure to cut water consumption and act in an environmentally sustainable way.
“Our technology partnership with GreenSight will see Soil Scout sensors strategically buried across golf courses, giving greenkeepers instant insight into what’s happening below their soils. These insights will be combined in GreenSight’s TurfCloud platform with a cutting-edge machine vision analysis of the entire golf course captured by drone-mounted sensors.
“Greenkeepers will see everything happening on their courses – and be able to plan their day’s work – before they set foot outside.”
The equal partnership will see Soil Scout acting as a reseller of the GreensSight TurfCloud product line in Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, with GreenSight acting as Soil Scout reseller and distributor in the United States.
GreenSight Chief Executive James Peverill said: “GreenSight is excited to be able to offer our industry-leading product, TurfCloud, through the Soil Scout company. Being able to add Soil Scout to our dashboard will greatly add to the data already being captured.
“We look forward to helping their customers manage their soils more efficiently and improve their facilities across the world. We’re equally excited to be able to distribute their intuitive soil condition sensors to our growing customer base.”
Backed by Husqvarna at last year’s seed funding round, Soil Scout was co-founded by Finnish agrotechnology PhD and 19th generation farmer Johannes Tiusanen and electronics expert M.Sc.Eng Jussi Sirkiä with a mission of giving soil experts the information they need to effectively manage their lands.
The Soil Scout team will work with GreenSight’s experienced robotics, spacecraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/drones), advanced communications, agriculture and land management professionals to further develop new products and services for their customers.