How long does it take to teach a new disease signature?
On average 4 – 6 weeks once we have active spores and can maintain diseased plant material. We teach on-site at labs with growth chambers, at our HQ site, or in small benchtop bio-tents at universities / partner sites.
How many SporeCam™ sensors will I need per acre / sq.ft. to be effective?
This is highly dependent on the crop, terrain, and canopy density for outdoor crops. Our normal approach is to work with PCA’s / IPM teams to identify hot-spots of historical disease events and place sensors in key areas and expand from there as needed. For indoor growers, it’s highly dependent on the facility layout, airflow, and crop density / spacing. Normally we recommend 1 sensor for every 5,000 – 10,000 sq.ft.
How long does the sensor cassette last before replacement is needed?
6 weeks. We train your team to conduct their own cassette replacements as it’s simple and takes only a few minutes. Cassettes are provided / included in your subscription plan.
What does it cost on average for disease-detection as a service annually and what’s normally included?
Subscription pricing is typically annual and is developed together with our customers after site review, determining number of units needed, number of diseases to monitor, and optional configurations for the best early warning disease detection strategy. Included is an install & training event, service, and supply of cassettes for the duration of your subscription. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a consultation.
Who owns the sensors once installed?
Scanit remains the owner of the hardware and the customer pays for subscription model for airborne disease data, alerts and dashboard access. Scanit or our authorized resellers provide installation and service support as needed.
What connectivity is needed for the sensors?
For outdoor applications we use integrated 4G cellular connectivity in combination with a solar panel and drip battery which has been effective on most farms for connectivity. For indoor applications, we primarily use onboard Wi-Fi and will require your site SSID and Password for operation.
For indoors, what are the data transfer / bandwidth needs of your sensors?
Bandwidth / data needs vary depending on number of diseases to detect and facility air quality, but monthly ranges are 1 - 6 GB of data traffic per sensor.
Are these sensors robust enough to last on the farm?
Yes. They are designed just for that purpose – harsh, outdoor environments and extreme weather swings both very hot and cold. Lifespan for the sensor is 4 years minimum.
What crops are you focused on serving?
We are not limited by crop. Today, our outdoor crop focus has been: Wine & Table Grape, Tomato, Strawberry, Pistachio, and Almond but development is based on customer demand. For indoor crops, we serve Leafy Greens, Fruits & Vegatables, Floriculture and Cannabis / Hemp today.
What diseases can you detect and classify today?
Our library is continually growing as we build our install base. We have approx.. 75 diseases in our funnel of development with an excess of 20 built to date including pollens. Visit the
Outdoor sections of our website for the current library available.
Are there limits to what you can capture and identify?
Yes. Our current technology can capture airborne particles down to 1 micron in size, but classification of spores requires particle sizes around 6 microns and greater. In our next-generation sensor we will be looking at classifying in the bacterial range (< 5 microns).
Can you detect water-borne or soil-borne diseases?
Not currently. We are focused on airborne pathogen / spore detection. We are evaluating other methods of detection and classification to tackle these known challenges in future product lines.
Can I get some sensors to pilot?
We do have some pilot sensors to allocate but it is under our paid pilot program. We can discuss cost-sharing models / funding options to make it effective for both parties. Contact us at
email@example.com for more details.
Can you tell the difference between different Powdery Mildew species?
Yes, it is often possible. While spore morphology is similar between many Powdery Mildews, our algorithms and data collected can differentiate between variants by crop.
Can your sensor data be integrated with my control system / farm management system?
Yes. We can work together to scope out an integration project using our API to allow your existing platforms to ingest our data.
Do you sell services direct or through partners / distributors?
Both. Currently we are selling direct to growers but are actively building our reseller and partner base. Based on customer location, timing and size of project, we will ensure the right service model is proposed to ensure your success.
Is the SporeCam™ sensor also a weather station?
Yes. As standard equipment, we sense temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, and calculate estimated vapor pressure deficit (VPD). Gas sensors can be integrated as well by request in custom configurations.