AutoModality won 1st place at the 2017 Genius NY Business competition in Syracuse, NY. A panel of seven judges selected AutoModality above all others and awarded the team with the $1,000,000 grand prize. Genius NY focuses on the categories of Unmanned Systems, Data-to-Decision Applications, and Internet of Things (IoT). It is hosted by The Tech Garden, an incubator in Upstate New York which is part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurial (I&E) portfolio of CenterState CEO.
Competing as Team Autero, AutoModality placed 1st in the fully autonomous Search and Rescue themed challenge. Sponsored by DJI, Ford, and the United Nations, 147 teams competed for the winner-take-all $100,000 prize. The competition finals where held at Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York where the best 9 teams faced off head to head to determine the winner. Team Autero was the only team to accomplish either of the major two objectives: landing on a moving vehicle and locating a survivor in a mock disaster area.
AutoModality is testing Autonomous Drone Technology in the Wine industry with Clos de la Tech Vineyards in northern California. Clos de la Tech is a ‘world acclaimed’ California Pinot Noir vineyard and winery, situated in the steep slope terrain of the Santa Cruz Mountains. AutoModality’s award-winning, autonomous drone technology is a perfect match to climb the steep vineyard rows at Clos de la Tech. This technology provides close-up inspection at the leaf level to spot critical aspects of the vineyard for optimizing inspection and viticulture operations. The industry will benefit greatly with this new technology ultimately leading to better quality grapes, yields and wine!
AutoModality is collaborating with the Department of Viticulture & Enology (V & E) at UC Davis in California to take the wine making industry to the next level. AutoModality has developed award winning autonomous drone flight technology for close-up inspection and is applying this technology to vineyards - at the leaf level - to enhance viticulture inspection and operations. UC Davis is world-renowned for V & E technology and is currently researching state-of-the-art sensors to observe key vineyard parameters (including leaf water potential) leading to better quality grapes and wine. The combination of autonomous close-up inspection drones with state-of-the-art sensors is the next future wave in Vineyard technology. Testing and trials are on-going with both at UC Davis V & E Research Vineyards and its industry partners.