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Centaur Announces Free Beta Release of Internet-of-Crops Signature Software Platform for Post-Harvest Food Storage Quality

calendar icon 10.03.2017

Centaur Analytics opens advance registration for a limited release of its Internet-of-Crops Platform beta for farmers, grain traders, and food processing companies, with anticipated availability beginning in April 2017.


VENTURA, CALIFORNIA — March 10, 2017 —- Centaur Analytics, a leading AgTech company that provides real-time, crops monitoring and protection solutions, today announced it has opened advanced registration for its signature software platform to qualified beta users, for free. The platform is ideal for farmers, grain traders and food processing companies that seek to monitor and analyze post-harvest crop storage conditions for maize, wheat, barley, soybean, rice and tobacco. Beta participants will enjoy free use for a period of 6-months with pricing for the full product release to be announced in due course .

Centaur’s offering is the first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product release in its Internet-of- Crops platform, which is connecting harvested crops using wireless cloud technology for a safer and abundant food supply. Centaur’s proprietary platform invites the staple industry of agriculture to meet the digital age with a range of data analytics capabilities that work from any device or web browser, with this initial release optimized for tablet and smartphone access.

After leaving the field, 17% of the world’s food products spoil from infestation, storage conditions and weather. It’s a loss that affects both developed and developing countries, and costs nearly $1 trillion annually. Using real-time data from sensors that move with each crop, Centaur gives the food industry an unprecedented capacity to track, monitor, and instantly adjust the conditions in which the world’s food is stored, preventing spoilage and reducing unnecessary chemical use. The beta release of the software is the first step in realizing Centaur’s mission to reduce post-harvest crop losses while increasing food traceability and global food security.

Dr. Sotiris Bantas, President & CEO of Centaur, said: “We are thrilled to make our Internet-of- Crops platform immediately available for free to qualified beta users. We are confident that our early adopters will enjoy immediate visibility of their crops, have access to powerful prescriptive measures and as design partners will contribute data to enhance the performance of our cognitive technology for the benefit of our global community. This marks our commitment to reducing spoilage in harvested crops worldwide, by applying the latest technology in IoT and Data Science.”

Centaur has been selected to present in the Innovative World Technologies category of the 9th annual SXSW Accelerator competition. The accelerator is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) Startup Village®, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new tech innovations. Centaur will be demoing its beta software at the following events:

AgTech Saturday: Centaur Meet & Greet at Casa Mexico at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX, on March 11th from 9am-noon.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event at Startup Village at the Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon AB, 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX, on March 11th at 5pm.

International Accelerator Exhibit at the Austin Convention Center Booth #1725, 1727, 1729, 500 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, on March 13th from 10am to 2pm.

Centaur Platform Product Features:

  • Storage Asset Management: Choose to monitor a silo, container, warehouse or custom stack and tell us about its construction including dimensions and materials, so we can effectively predict your crop’s spoilage potential and design treatments when necessary.
  • Quality Control: Choose what you want to know about your stored crop’s health including the safe storage time (SST), predictions for visible mold (VM) and dry matter loss (DML). The current release is ideal for maize, wheat, flour, barley, soy and tobacco.
  • Cognitive Pest Management: Our intelligent analytics monitor pests in real time with algorithms that instantly deliver accurate treatment prescriptions. Our Cognitive Pest Management (CPM) methods ensure complete pest eradication and provide real- time estimates for insect repopulation.
  • Intuitive, Actionable Data: Mobile-first, touch-friendly user interface with single-click generation of printable reports.
  • Industry-Standard Data Security.Registration for the 6-month trial of Centaur’s Internet-of-Crops Platform beta is now open.For more information please visit ###About Centaur: Centaur Analytics, Inc. is the first full-stack IoT provider of solutions that enhance the quality and safety of stored agricultural products. Our proprietary wireless sensors and cognitive, predictive and prescriptive cloud analytics enable precision fumigation and real-time monitoring of stored product condition. Our mission is to dramatically reduce the estimated $1 trillion of wasted crops annually, improving global food security and traceability from farm to shelf, with equal parts engineering and imagination. For more information visit