M3 combines drones with Helium-compatible sensors to improve the economics of sustainable agriculture production, while reducing the use of pesticides
DAYTON, Ohio – WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 17, 2022
M3 Agriculture Technologies (M3), announced today that its award-winning drone delivery firm focused on sustainable farming has selected the Helium Network, the fastest-growing wireless network, to assist them in pioneering cleaner, more efficient and sustainable food production. M3’s drones are outfitted with Helium-compatible sensors to improve sustainable agriculture production in the air and on the ground, while addressing some of the greatest threats to our food system.
Founded in 2012, M3 was established in response to challenges created by pesticide resistance. Through a pioneering approach combining entomology and robotics, M3 introduced a method to release sterile insects to drive down pest populations without increasing the reliance on pesticides — a win for the environment and consumers. Beyond addressing pesticide resistance in crops, today, M3 leverages technology to provide solutions to digitize agricultural production and combat the challenges brought on by farm consolidation.
The Helium Network’s decentralized approach addresses the dearth of reliable internet connectivity in rural areas, where M3’s customers operate. With a distributed network, M3’s customers save time and costs associated with the collection of temperature, weather, and growing conditions data. Improved coordination among growers allows participants at all parts of the value chain to contribute more efficiently, through sensible purchases of materials and services.
“One of the paradoxes our growers face is that despite having a high level of interest in trying transformative data and intelligence solutions, high-upfront cost test environments make it nearly impossible to try-before-you-buy,” said Nathan Moses-Gonzales, CEO of M3. “Validating the return on investment of a novel approach is a critical consideration for commercialization. We are optimistic about the progress we can make in advancing digital agriculture with the Helium Network as a cost-effective enabler.”
“Use cases like M3, that are addressing some of the world’s most important issues like food insecurity, are a testament to the importance of the existence of a global decentralized open LoRaWAN network,” said Scott Sigel, Chief Operating Officer of the Helium Foundation. “M3 is helping bring sustainable, accessible and digitized solutions to improve agricultural production, we’re proud they’ve decided to use the Helium Network to help them achieve their mission.”
M3 has already deployed 78 Helium-compatible Hotspots providing coverage for its pest-control and orchard management system. Together, the companies expect that their combined efforts will augment the impact of precision agriculture solutions and help incentivize cleaner food production practices.
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About M3 Technologies
M3 Agriculture Technologies provides Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as a Service to the Agriculture industry. M3 deploys UAS developed with agricultural experts to provide aerial autonomy in a diversity of operational environments. UAS as a service increases the reach of growers, providing technical precision at a rapid pace. M3 specializes in sterile insect release (SIR), an organic control strategy revolutionizing tree fruit and tree nut industries. M3 provides an end to end service, ensuring the viability of its products from the time they leave the facility until they’re released via UAS into orchards. M3 was founded in 2012 and is based in Dayton, Ohio. For more information, visit https://www.m3agriculture.com.
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