Warren Baelen, VP of software engineering, and the other team members at Arable started out like the rest of us who are plenty familiar the inaccuracies of current weather models. For farmers, small errors in weather reports can result in oversights in crop yield predictions and a misunderstanding in the atmospheric conditions that produce the healthiest and highest-quality plants. Arable Labs aims at limiting those oversights and misunderstandings by supplying farmers with accurate data acquired directly onsite which it accomplishes through the use of the Pulsepod.
The Pulsepod is a sleek and easy to use device that sticks right into the ground at a particular farm or orchard. It measures 40 different pieces of information regarding the surrounding environment, including the amount of light at each electromagnetic wavelength that the plants receive. A farm requires several pulsepods scattered throughout the area to collect the proper environmental data in each particular micro-climate, a small area whose climate differs from the climate of the surrounding area, on a large property. Unlike similar devices, the environmental data is collected via wifi and cellular data allowing for extremely easy access and the elimination of the need to travel to the physical device to get the data. The team at Arable, which includes experts in statistical weather data and agricultural biology, then analyzes the data, along with any applicable public data, to give farmers the best possible information they can get. That information allows farmers to understand exactly how their plants are growing in every tiny micro-climate on their farm or orchard.
Warren credits Tigerlabs for supplying them with a network of “great people doing great things”. He says that it has been very helpful to talk to other people about funding and technology. Fellow Tigerlabs members have also acted as a resource to Warren because he can bounce ideas off of them.