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March 25, 2014

New agriculture technology documents, shares information from field and orchard analysis

Spensa MyTraps

MyTraps Scout from Spensa Technologies Inc., allows growers and crop advisers to use mobile devices to document scouting trip findings using text, photographs, audio and video. The reports are automatically and securely stored and can be reviewed by chronology or geography through MyTraps.com. (Spensa Technologies image)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers, crop advisers and consultants can use new technology from a Purdue Research Park-based firm to organize, store and share findings from scouting trips to their fields and orchards.

MyTraps Scout is developed by Spensa Technologies Inc. Johnny Park, president and CEO, said the technology allows users to use mobile devices to document findings using text, photographs, audio and video.

"Scouting reports are synchronized with MyTraps.com, where users can access data, see trends and determine trouble areas on their property," he said. "The reports are automatically and securely stored. They can be reviewed by chronology or geography, and are easily shared via email."

Park, who is a research assistant professor in Purdue University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said MyTraps Scout could increase transparency and trust between crop advisers and farmers.

"When notes are taken using GPS-enabled mobile devices, growers can revisit the exact locations on a scouting trip," he said. "Photographs, geo-references and timestamps make communicating the findings much clearer."

Park said Spensa Technologies has added new features to MyTraps.com, which also works with Z-Trap, the company's pest management solution that detects the target insects it has trapped and sends data wirelessly to a mobile phone or computer.

"Users now can manage multiple locations from MyTraps.com, organize locations by client and receive weekly reports via email, including scouting notes and trap captures," he said. "Users also now can view trap data on a map, graph or chart view with MyTraps.com."

About Spensa Technologies Inc.

Spensa Technologies is a startup housed in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. The company was founded in 2009 by Johnny Park, president and CEO. Spensa's mission is to design, develop and deliver novel technologies for the agricultural industry that will reduce reliance on manual labor, foster eco-friendly farming and enhance crop production efficiency. Their technologies leverage the team's world-leading expertise in wireless sensor networks, robotics and computer vision.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park network is home to about 240 companies that employ about 4,500 people and are located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. 

Contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Source: Johnny Park, 765-588-3592, johnny.park@spensatech.com