DETROIT — Heartland, a company that engineers hemp fibers as additives for plastics, is releasing a plot mapping technology to drive efficiency for farming operations.
Heartland says ReMap solves the "traveling salesman" mathematical problem that focuses on finding the fastest route between multiple locations. With a mathematically perfect plot map, farmers can ensure a reduction in fuel consumption, maintenance costs and the time necessary to complete planting, harvesting and scouting.
According to the company's website, users input their starting destination and a list of fields in the form of coordinates, and ReMap will indicate the fastest possible route to planting, harvesting and scouting. The service is free, and interested users can sign up for early access via the Heartland website.
Heartland recently received a $360,000 USDA grant for soil health, carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture. This kickstarted a desire for Heartland to drive efficiency across the greater agriculture industry.
“Heartland’s team is exploring the different applications of this computing technology to drive new material innovations,” says Heartland CEO Jesse Henry. “This technology allows us to create never-before-seen solutions in agriculture, manufacturing, chemistry and advanced materials.”
Creating standards in agriculture technology, insurance and finance will help to unlock the global distribution of commodity hemp materials. ReMap is a first-of-its-kind agriculture technology that solves an optimization problem from 1930.
“There are mathematical problems that scientists and engineers don’t even bother trying to solve because they are too complex and require too much computation,” says Tim Almond of Heartland. “This will allow them to solve those problems with ease.”
Large companies are spending billions on new innovations, but they are limited by the amount of time and computing power it takes to run calculations and simulations. The math behind Heartland’s plot mapping technology can help those companies solve these same problems in seconds.