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Companies merge to produce wireless agricultural equipment

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Farmers can get crop data on their PDA.
Farmers can get crop data on their PDA.

Partners 1993 and Kodalfa have announced an agreement to bring Kodalfa's smart mobile agricultural technology to growers, greenhouses and distributors in the United States.

Kodalfa, founded in the U.S. and operating in Turkey since 2005, has returned to the U.S. market as ClimateMinder. The Los Angeles company said its agreement with Partners 1993 includes Partners 1993 taking a minority stake in the company with investments in the form of cash and software-development services.

ClimateMinder provides growers early warning against frost and disease risks and puts an end to their costs to install wiring in their greenhouses or farm fields. Its system controller uses machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile mesh-network technology to transmit data from smart agricultural equipment in the field or greenhouse to growers' mobile phones, PDAs or computers.

The mobile technology allows farmers to receive alerts to conditions that threaten their crops and to take actions even when they are located far from their fields or greenhouses.

ClimateMinder is focusing initially on California's extensive agricultural market and aims to become the world's top provider of M2M technology solutions in open-field and greenhouse agriculture.

The first systems are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19321380-ADNFCR

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