Monarch Tractors, maker of an all-electric, driver-optional smart tractor, has partnered with Einsite, an India-based start-up specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision analytics.
Einsite uses machine-mounted sensors and cameras to capture site activity, and in-cab trip computers to form insights that help managers make better decisions. The company has already deployed its technology at several construction sites and mines in the United States and India. In its partnership with Monarch, Einsite’s engineering team will work to develop state-of-the-art applications, autonomy models and algorithms.
“Edge AI” is the deployment of AI applications in devices used in the physical world, according to Nvidia Corporation. It’s called “edge” because the computation is performed close to the user at the edge of the network, close to where the data resides, rather than being relayed to a central cloud computing facility or a data center. This reduces latency in computation and can mean accelerated data analysis and faster AI decision making.
For Monarch, Edge AI means the tractor can filter, analyze and make decisions locally on the tractor itself, instead of sending sensory data to the cloud for processing. In agriculture, where limited data connectivity is often a challenge for farmers, Monarch tractors cannot rely on data availability to operate. State-of-the-art artificial intelligence, along with other Monarch technologies, allows the tractor to operate without an internet connection.
“We have found a strong synergy with Einsite in our missions and areas of work,” says Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and CEO of Monarch Tractor. “Einsite’s mission to make vibrant outdoor industries more productive aligns with our goal to modernize the farm.”
This partnership is part of Monarch’s plan to expand its presence in India, with the opening of its first office in the city of Hyderabad. Penmetsa says Monarch and Einsite are in the same tech space using AI vision technology to increase efficiency in operations, especially in agriculture and construction, making them a natural partner for the new office.
“We are proud to partner with the Monarch team and share our common expertise to maximize autonomous solutions that enable farmers to achieve new levels of productivity,” said Anirudh Reddy, Founder of Einsite.
For more information on Monarch and its MK-V tractor, visit monarchtractor.com.