|Founded||January 16, 2009West Lafayette, Indianain|
|Headquarters||West Lafayette, Indiana|
|Johnny Park, CEO|
|Products||Spensa AP, Z-Trap|
Number of employees
Spensa Technologies is a private company based in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana that specializes in precision agriculture. The company, founded in 2009, is known for its ag-related technology, including automated pest sensors and software. It has been owned since April 2018 by Minneapolis-based DTN.
Spensa was founded on 16 January 2009 by Johnny Park, a computer engineering professor at Purdue University, whose research into robotics and computer vision in farming (supported by a $6.4M USDA grant) led to the creation of the company. With support from the National Science Foundation and private investment, Spensa expanded its operations and developed agriculture-related hardware and software products.
Spensa's principal hardware product is the Z-Trap, an automated electronic device that detects insects in a field and wirelessly reports its data. Its software consists of both web-based and mobile applications, centered on the Spensa Agronomic Platform (AP), a subscription-based software.
- Sorvino, Chloe (18 June 2017). "The 25 Most Innovative Ag Tech Startups". Forbes. New York City. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
They manufacture the 'Z-Trap,' a device that replaces the painstaking work of estimating pest populations by hand with real-time data. The Z-trap is capable of not only collecting bugs, but it zaps them with electricity in a way that allows the species of bug to be identified, making it much more efficient for farmers to control pests in their fields.
- Scoggins, Gary (3 April 2018). "DTN acquires Spensa Technologies to offer customers a comprehensive solution". Biofuels Digest. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
Spensa has built a reputation for its eco-friendly, innovative technologies to manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. The company was named one of the top 25 innovative ag-tech startups by Forbes in 2017.
- "DTN Acquired Spensa Technologies" (Press release). Minneapolis: DTN. 4 April 2018.
Spensa’s industry-leading sensors and innovative technologies help growers better manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. The company gathers high-resolution data, then models that data to reveal insights to help agriculturalists make the most informed decisions possible.
- "Federal grants awarded to strengthen agriculture pest monitoring technology". Purdue University News. West Lafayette, Indiana. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- Burwood-Taylor, Louisa (9 November 2015). "Pest Detection Technology Company Spensa Tech Raises $2.5m Series A". AgFunder News. AgFunder. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
Spensa Tech's core hardware product is the Z-Trap, an insect sensor which has been on the market for three years already.
- Stevenson, Sarah Schmid (3 January 2017). "Spensa's Cloud-Based Technology Helps Farmers Automate Pest Control". Xconomy. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
Spensa, which has about 45 employees working out of its headquarters in West Lafayette, IN, raised $2.5 million in a Series A round last year; investors include Elevate Ventures, Village Capital, and the Purdue Foundry.
- "Agricultural Pest Management Company Expands in West Lafayette" (Press release). Indianapolis: Indiana Economic Development Corporation. 19 May 2015.
- Knapp, Alex (26 July 2016). "Technology Is Making Huge Changes In The World Of Agriculture". Forbes. New York City. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
Its software lets farmers record, upload and track observations about their fields; its Z-Trap hardware allows farmers to track pests in the fields by trapping and identifying bug species. Ag Cred: Developed hardware with a National Science Foundaiton grant; has raised over $5 million in outside funding to date.
- Sorvino, Chloe (1 February 2017). "Model predicts insect patterns". Agri-View. Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- Parker, Reed (2 April 2018). "DTN Completes Spensa Acquisition". Inside Indiana Business. Indianapolis. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- Vinluan, Frank (13 March 2018). "DTN Set to Acquire Spensa, Continuing Trend of Farm Software Deals". Xconomy. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
Spensa Technologies, a startup that has developed sensors, software, and other products that give farmers insights about their operations, is now set to become part of global digital services company DTN.