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January 17, 2017

Spensa Technologies unveils technology to predict insect patterns in near real-time

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture technology company, announces a unique insect phenology model that can more accurately predict insect patterns in near real-time.

Traditional phenology models start from an assumed insect population distribution based on historical data. Spensa’s new Dynamic PhenologyTM instead makes use of current trap data from a specific field to accurately predict future insect stages.

The new capabilities allow growers and agronomists to predict timing for insect life-cycle events such as when they hatch and when they fly, critical data for the effective use of pesticides. Unlike traditional prediction models, Dynamic Phenology incorporates real-time weather data and pest observations to sustain a much higher degree of accuracy.

Located in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, Indiana, Spensa Technologies creates technologies that assist agribusiness to better control insects, weeds and disease.

“With Spensa’s Dynamic Phenology capabilities, growers get instant access to vital insect updates that could be harmful to their crops, allowing them to be proactive with their spraying and pest management solutions,” said Johnny Park, founder and CEO of Spensa Technologies. “We are incredibly proud to present this revolutionary capability to the market and help growers protect their valuable crops while also saving resources for occasions when spraying isn’t necessary.”

Changes in insect phenology have occurred and will continue to occur due to insecticide pressure, changes in climate and regional differences. Dynamic Phenology automatically compensates for these changes to get a custom solution for each field.

Dynamic Phenology is part of Spensa’s Trapping Insights, an enhanced decision-making solution that can be used alongside the company’s Z-Trap and MyTraps products. With Trapping Insights, users also gain access to additional features including pest alerts and a degree day calculator.

The Dynamic Phenology technology update was accompanied by the release of the Spensa Agronomic Platform (Spensa AP), which integrates precision ag products into a single, easy-to-use interface.

For more information regarding Spensa’s innovative pest management technologies or to view current career opportunities with the company, visit www.spensatech.com.

About Spensa Technologies Inc.

Spensa Technologies Inc. was founded in 2009 in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, Indiana. Spensa’s mission is to develop a network of industry-leading devices and innovative technologies to better manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. We strive to reduce reliance on manual labor, foster eco-friendly farming and enhance crop production to help feed the world. Spensa gathers high-resolution data, models that use data to reveal insights, and clearly presents findings to help agriculturalists make the most informed decisions possible. For more information, visit www.spensatech.com.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org

Purdue Research Foundation Contact: Curt Slyder, 765-588-3342, caslyder@prf.org

Source: Teresa Weirich, 317-730-6105, teresa.weirich@spensatech.com


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