Bangalore, 25 March 2021: IndiVillage, a social enterprise focused on impact sourcing to deliver world-class BPO and ITeS solutions, has announced a deeper foray into the AgriTech segment through its data labelling service offering.
IndiVillage (www.indivillage.com) is now expanding its support for the AI-powered imaging products of Israel-headquartered Taranis (www.taranis.ag), a global leader in digital agronomy solutions in a partnership that has run for over three years, transforming agricultural yield for farmers in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.
Speaking about the partnership, Smita Malipatil, IndiVillage CEO, said, “We are proud to be working with a leading innovator like Taranis. Using drone imaging and AI analytics to monitor crop and yield health is an ingenious idea. Consequently, it needs incredible intelligence and accuracy at scale to drive value, a capability we at IndiVillage are excited to support through our precise image annotation services. With ‘Business for Good’ at the centre of our model, it is particularly heartening to work with clients like Taranis, who show that technological prowess, investor value, and real impact can go hand in hand.”
Taranis helps farmers optimise yield and improve crop quality by using high-resolution aerial surveillance imagery, offering leaf-level precision scouting as a service. Its computer vision driven by drone imaging and AI-powered analytics creates comprehensive field visibility that delivers valuable insights through a proprietary agriculture intelligence platform. As with any ML-based tool, training data is essential to such intelligence at scale, and it is here that IndiVillage plays a crucial role. To this end, over the last three years, the 70-strong IndiVillage team has annotated over 800,000 images of 30 different crops such as corn, soy, and rapeseed across the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Australia, Indonesia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Mexico, identifying crop anomalies such as damages caused by insects and weeds, disease emergence, and crop stand counts. The frequent and real-time data surveillance of crops is crucial to the early detection of issues that allows quicker and more cost-effective solution development for farmers. The training data IndiVillage generates also allows Taranis to utilise its AI technology for a two-pronged approach – enabling Taranis clients to monitor produce for the highest yield while simultaneously planning for future seasons.
Integrating smart technologies into agriculture is transforming how the world produces, processes, and delivers food. AI will play an increasingly central role in digital transformation across sectors and IndiVillage is optimistic that the company’s service offering and quality will continue to power intelligent solutions for innovative organisations in the Indian and international market.
IndiVillage offers cutting edge solutions, including image and data annotation, natural language processing, and content optimization for some of the world’s leading technology and e-commerce companies including Taranis, Amazon, Appen, Alegion, Swiggy, and Mercato. It follows a “profit-for-all” model, reinvesting profits into the rural communities where its employees live. Over the last decade, IndiVillage has impacted over 35,000 lives through sustainable community development initiatives such as access to clean drinking water, improved livelihoods, better healthcare, and standardised education. IndiVillage is among a select set of five Indian companies that have obtained the B Corp certification, which signals that the organisation’s operations and business model meet the highest global standards of verified performance on social and environmental dimensions.
IndiVillage was recently named recipient of the 2021 Global Impact Sourcing Award presented by The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals’ (IAOP).