News September 11 2020

CropX acquires Regen to grow global footprint and give farmers unmatched in-soil insights

CropX, a global soil sensing and agricultural analytics leader, today announced the acquisition of New Zealand-based Regen, a leading provider of cloud-based, precision effluent and irrigation decision support tools. Current Regen customers now have access to CropX’s unmatched combination of in-soil data and advanced farm management analytics and automation tools. “The importance of understanding soil health and what is happening beneath the ground is finally coming into the spotlight. This acquisition will help us further build our on-farm irrigation, effluent and nutrient management product lineup as we lead the market in delivering accurate in-soil insights,” said CropX CEO Tomer Tzach. “Continuing our commitment to provide affordable, scalable solutions to help farmers make the best possible decisions to overcome resource limitations, profitability challenges and sustainability demands, the acquisition of Regen strengthens our global network and expands our growing sales footprint.” With the acquisition of Regen, CropX adds over 130,000 acres under management and more than a decade of in-depth New Zealand farm data to its farm management platform. Regen has provided exceptional quality, service and client results – delivering over 200,000 client recommendations annually based on its in-soil data and user-friendly decision support platform. In addition to extending its global reach, the acquisition of Regen fortifies CropX’s roots in the New Zealand ag community. Developed as part of the New Zealand Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and first funded by a group of New Zealand angel investors, CropX has longstanding ties to the region. Finistere Ventures, a major player in the New Zealand ag community and an early investor in CropX, supported the acquisition negotiations and will help the company further grow its local presence. Aiming to quickly build its sales and support team, CropX promoted Eitan Dan to the newly created position of New Zealand General Manager. Dan previously served as chief operating officer. “Now part of CropX, the Regen technology solutions, extensive regional sensor network and experience support team will help us deliver the most advanced in-soil data analytics, decision support tools and data-driven irrigation prescriptions to growers as a global in-soil IoT leader,” said Eitan Dan, CropX New Zealand General Manager. “The acquisition combined with our history and deep connections in New Zealand will help us actively cultivate our leadership position in this important region.” Analyzing soil data and integrating it with crop models, satellite imagery, and weather forecasts, the CropX farm management platform helps farmers around the globe cut crop-input costs, increase profitability and ensure sustainability by driving water, fertilizer, energy and labour savings. A proven internet of things (IoT) pioneer in the grower community, CropX provides highly accurate, proprietary soil sensing technology and an award-winning, feature-rich decision support platform built by in-house agronomic, data science and software teams. “Aiming to create world-class, technology-based decision support solutions for the agricultural sector, Regen has helped New Zealand farmers tackle the growing complexities of managing modern farm operations over the past decade,” added Regen CEO Bridgit Hawkins. “Farmers need financial and environmental sustainability. Joining CropX, our farmers will be able to get access to its transformational technology and extensive global data network to instantly assess what is happening in their paddocks so they can make sure their farm operations sustainably manage water, nutrients and leaching.” Effective immediately, Hawkins and the Regen team will join CropX, adding regional on-farm and service model expertise, as well as advanced agronomy, effluent and irrigation management capabilities to support global efforts.

News September 4 2020

Europe’s largest exclusive e-scooter tender won by VOI for UK trials

Swedish micromobility company Voi has been appointed to operate e-scooters as part of the UK trials in the West Midlands in what is being described as Europe’s largest exclusive e-scooter tender. Birmingham and Coventry will initially start with 200 e-scooters each, with demand monitored by Voi – working closely with local authorities. Soon after, the scooters will be deployed in Sandwell (West Bromwich), Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Warwickshire. The tender process, which was started last month by Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), concluded with the contract being offered to Voi as the sole operator. Voi launched Europe’s first dockless e-scooter service in 2018 and now operates in 45 cities across 11 countries. The public will initially be able to access and ride e-scooters within the immediate vicinity of Birmingham and Coventry’s city centre, with an ambition to expand the trial zones as the trial progresses. For the purpose of the trial, the DfT requires a maximum speed of 15.5 mph on roads. In pedestrianised areas a lower speed limit of 5 mph will be applicable. E-scooters are allowed on any 30 mph or less road, however the council have advised users to use designated cycle routes wherever possible. Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “The West Midlands is proud to be leading the way on future transport development, and it is great to be able to partner with Voi and reveal our plans for e-scooters across the region. “E-scooters will help bring more flexibility, choice, and greener travel solutions for the West Midlands, at a time when we are facing a climate emergency and urging people to leave the car at home. E-scooters unquestionably offer a healthier, more environmentally friendly, alternative to the car for shorter journeys around our towns and cities, which will in turn help to ease traffic congestion and tackle air pollution. “As well as the improvements to our transport network, e-scooters could also be a much-needed boost for the region’s economy, helping to attract people back into our town and city centres. “It is a great coup for the West Midlands to be at the forefront of the Government’s e-scooter trial, and I look forward to continuing to work with Voi and local authorities to make sure we maximise the potential of e-scooters across the region.” In a bid to promote e-scooter safety, Voi will provide in person and online rider education, provide rider identity verification and will make RideLikeVoila – its online traffic school – available to users in the West Midlands. Lucy Yu, Voi’s Director of Public Policy, said: “In the UK, 60 per cent of car journeys are between one and three miles, which significantly increases congestion. Cars no longer suit the way we live today, and we estimate that 20 per cent of short journeys could be replaced by low-carbon e-scooters with a minimum five-year lifespan. E-scooters provide a compelling alternative that will outrun the car.”