Entries by James Watson

Eight VentureLabs firms make ‘Ready to Rocket’ lists

Three start-up companies participating in the Simon Fraser University-led VentureLabs®Venture Acceleration Program were selected from more than 300 candidates Feb. 26 for this year’s 13th annual Ready-to-Rocket list of private B.C. technology companies with the greatest potential for growth. The VentureLabs member companies are PHEMI Health Systems, Semios and SFU spinout Lungpacer Medical. The list’s […]

Lessons from 3 Hot Cleantech Companies

Semios combines wireless technology, machine-to-machine communication, and pheromones for superior agricultural pest control. Founder and CEO Michael Gilbert – a chemist with experience in pharmaceuticals – set out to find a more efficient way for growers to use pheromones. While pheromone-based solutions have the benefit of being non-toxic (they control pests by disrupting their mating […]

Real-time agriculture: The connected farming revolution

Chemical-free pest control “Full orchard network coverage” is a term you don’t hear often. But it’s what Semios, a Canadian farming technology company, promises. More than just soil and water monitoring, the company claims its systems can trap, count and monitor pests, allowing farmers to set alerts and thresholds and even trigger the release of […]

The Internet of Things Is Changing How Your Food Is Grown — and That’s a Good Thing

The agriculture industry, just like any other business, is always looking for ways to maximize yield, minimize risk, and improve efficiencies. To reach those goals, agriculture and tech companies are increasingly teaming up to implement Internet of Things, or IoT, technologies — sensors, software, and data analytics — to make the business of growing food […]

Surprise: Agriculture is doing more with IoT Innovation than most other industries

Pest Control As the organic movement gains popularity, the food and agriculture industries have taken increasing interest in finding effective and relatively inexpensive alternatives to pesticides. Pheromones are particularly useful when they are paired with the power of IoT. Wireless sensor networks like that of Semios monitor pest counts, and when it detects that the […]

EPA Approves Three New Moth Mating Disruption Products

Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given EPA approval for three aerosol pheromone products that disrupt the mating of codling moth and oriental fruit moth. “Our new formula performs extremely well at lower temperatures, emitting a drier mist that disperses quickly across an orchard,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO […]

Remote pest management with automated traps

With an electronic trap and wireless network, growers can spend less time scouting in the orchard. By Peter Mitham A decade spent developing pheromones for pest management underscored the importance of these chemicals for Michael Gilbert, president and CEO of British Columbia’s SemiosBio Technologies Inc. But at a cost of up to $5,000 a kilogram, pheromones […]

Jasper IoT Success Story: Semios

Semios delivers a precision farming platform that deploys an automated pest management system using pheromones to disrupt insect mating cycles—giving farmers a cost effective solution that eliminates the need to manually inspect traps or spray pesticides. Jasper automation provides Semios with real-time visibility into field conditions so it can remotely monitor and fix issues that […]

Canadian Apple Orchard Taste-Tests the IoT

Semios has brought connectivity and near-real-time pest monitoring to the farm, helping farmers to gain visibility and reduce reliance on pesticides. By Mary Catherine O’Connor Algoma Orchards, located in Newcastle, Ontario, is no rinky-dink farm. In fact, it’s the largest privately owned grower and packer of apples in Canada. The company maintains 750 acres of […]