Vancouver, Canada – Semios, a Vancouver company that has introduced innovative, wireless technologies to agricultural pest management, has been selected as the lone Canadian finalist for the global Verizon “Powerful Answers Award.” The competition, run by American cell phone giant Verizon, will award $10M to innovators proposing powerful solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The final results will be announced January 8, 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Semios’ “Powerful Answer” is a pest control system that utilizes wireless networks and integrated devices across agricultural crops. Being considered under the “Sustainability” category, Semios enables growers to utilize non-toxic pheromones for pest control, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for toxic pesticides.
“Semios is thrilled to be a top five finalist in Verizon’s Powerful Answers Competition” said Dr. Michael Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Semios. “In the past 2 years of field testing in North America and Europe we have proven that better information from the field improves a grower’s ability to manage pests across their crop. Recognition of our solutions in this forum is inspiring, and we are excited to attend the CES in Las Vegas in January for the final results.”
More information on the competition, including the press release announcing the top five finalists in each category, can be found here.
Founded in 2010, Vancouver-based Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.) is a Canadian company
offering real-time information and precision pest management tools for agriculture. Powerful, secure online software integrates weather and pest monitoring with remotely-controlled mating disruption. The Semios platform combines hardware and software to enable farms to make decisions that preserve and increase crop value.