Our specialisms


Equipment

As equipment becomes more sophisticated and expensive, so the need for efficiency improvement intensifies. Increasingly, these enhancements are data-driven.

We use our system design experience across multiple disciplines to develop precision agriculture technologies, from metering and mixing systems, novel and highly precise sensors to low-cost wireless networks and data analysis platforms. 

Growers & agri-business

Growers of all sizes face the challenge of producing more, from less resources. Furthermore, global labour shortages are necessitating ever greater levels of automation.

Our skills in machine learning and AI allow us to develop new methods to better predict yields and improve forecasting, while our expertise in robotics is enhancing the automation of harvesting, allowing growers to do more with less and stay one step ahead of demand. 

Agri-chemical

Minimising waste and reducing unwanted side effects from chemical treatment have become increasingly important in the face of changing consumer demands and ever-tightening regulations.

Drawing on our skills in fluid dynamics and sensor technology, and our work in drug delivery, we devise methods for delivering treatments more effectively.

Additionally, we provide strategic consulting on the impact of digital farming techniques and the implications for next-generation products and services. 

How we work


Our technically focused, commercially driven teams uncover novel solutions to long-standing challenges. Unlike academic research facilities, we focus on commercialising technology, creating robust, relevant products and services that are economically viable for large-scale deployment.

Drawing on our experience across the full spectrum of markets, we are uniquely positioned to design, develop and deliver solutions that leverage principles proven in adjacent industries.

By using our skills and experience to complement our clients’ deep industry knowledge, we create step-change products and services that maximise efficiency through reduced costs and improved yields. 

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Tech, tools & facilities


Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

無響無線・アンテナ試験を行う電波暗室 ”Satimo Stargate 64”は、ヨーロッパでも数少ない施設です。6m立法の空間で、無線デバイスからの電波伝播を自動で三次元測定・視覚化することができ、ウェアラブル技術のテストを人体模型または実際の被験者に対して行うことができます。スマートインプラント(埋め込みテレメトリをなど)、投薬デバイス、ウェアラブルなどの製品開発において、実際にRF性能を確認し最適化することができます。

Analytical laboratories
 

Analytical labs

Our laboratories provide high accuracy measurement and analysis for the wide range of projects we undertake. Specialist equipment includes a gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS), a Matersizer particle size analyser, a Spraytec laser diffraction droplet size analyser, high-speed and thermal imaging cameras and rapid-development custom image analysis software.

Prototyping workshops
 

プロトタイプ生産工場

プロトタイプ生産工場(電子基板・メカ)では、アイデアを実現し、製品価値を説得力をもって実証するプロトタイプを生産しています。試作品は、ISO 9001、ISO 13485、およびISO 14001規制に準拠した極めて高い品質基準を維持しています。最新のCNCおよびフライス盤、旋盤、溶接ギア、ワイヤーハーネス、ケーブルアセンブリツールを使用することにより素早くパーツを製造し、検証作業やユーザートライアル用向けに実物大で動作可能なプロトタイプを組み立てることができます。

Synthetic biology lab
 

Synthetic biology lab

Located in our Cambridge head office, our microbiology lab enables us to genetically modify micro-organisms and characterise them. Our facilities are containment level 2 rated for handling pathogenic strains and our in-house libraries allow rapid modular DNA construct design and assembly. We are particularly interested in building organisms that are biological sensors for healthcare and industrial biotech applications.

Cowley Road
 

Large prototyping facility

This 500 sq metre space near our Cambridge HQ enables the development and test of large scale systems such as warehousing, logistics and production machinery, and confidential testing of electro-mechanical, high power and RF systems in a realistic environment.  This configurable facility features 6m operating height at the eaves, large access doors and mechanical handling facilities to allow heavy machinery such as conveyors, lifts and machine tools to be installed as project work demands.

We can help you achieve the impossible

CASE STUDIES


 

Biology-based contaminant monitoring

Developing biology-based sensors as a cost effective, long-term solution for monitoring environmental public health risks

 

Entomics Biosystems insect larvae rearing

Harnessing the science of synthetic biology and best-in-class automation to turn organic waste into high-protein fish food.

 

Pick of the bunch

Nature doesn’t provide blueprints, which are why our robot system can cope with handling all kinds of different fruit – and can even sort red apples from green ones.

 

Fafaza precision crop spraying

'AI at the edge' delivers smarter farming

NEWS & INSIGHTS


Opinion

Enabling autonomous vehicles to see in adverse conditions

23rd January 2020

During 2020, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will continue their rise as one of the fastest growing technology segments in the automotive market. As manufacturers look to increase safety and improve the driving experience...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Sensing
Opinion

Smart vision for farming – breaking AI out of the datacentre

15th October 2019

As pressures increase on the food supply chain, the importance of predictable yields increases. Generally, the better informed growers are, the better the price they can potentially obtain. However, manual counts struggle...

  • AI & Analytics
Webinar

How to increase profitability in indoor farming

7th June 2019

Indoor farming promises high yield, high quality and locally-grown crops. But despite steadily decreasing operating costs, many crops are still not profitable. So, where are the innovation opportunities to drive down costs...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Whitepaper

The future of vertical farming: the intelligent ecosystem

12th March 2019

Vertical farming promises a step change in production density, providing significant efficiency savings with the additional benefit of improved product quality. Vertical farming also presents the only viable option for growing crops within urban environments...

  • Innovation management
  • AI & Analytics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing