Vancouver, Canada – Semios, a Vancouver company that has introduced wireless technologies to agricultural pest management, is a winner in global Verizon Powerful Answers Award. The final results, including a $285,000 prize for Semios, were announced today 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. The Semios technologies enable growers to utilize non-toxic pheromones for pest control, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for toxic pesticides.
“Semios is extremely pleased with this result in Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award,” 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. We are very proud of the work the Semios team has accomplished to date and look forward to great progress with the assistance of this Award in 2014.”
The Verizon Powerful Answers Award was a competition seeking innovative technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in the areas of healthcare, education and sustainability. Semios participated in the sustainability category. In total, $10 Million was awarded to the top 15 winners, five in each category, after a selection process that included some 1300 entries and in-person pitches for the top 30 finalists. Semios was the lone Canadian finalist in the competition.
More information on the award and the results 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.