Irish farm management software company Farmflo has launched a research and development centre in Glasgow, where it will develop new products based on the Internet of Things.
Supported by a Regional Selective Assistance grant of £350,000 from Scottish Enterprise, the company will create 29 jobs at its first new UK base. The investment has ensured Farmflo is able to locate its development site in Scotland, and tap into the high level of skills availability, rather than outsource the development activity to an overseas operation.
Set up by two Irish brothers, Jason and Gareth Devenney, Farmflo’s system allows farmers to record and use real time data on such things as fertiliser stocks, crop storage and herd treatments and movements. Farmflo’s system integrates data from multiple sources allowing farmers to then view on their smartphone or tablet device.
At its Glasgow site, based at the Whisky Bond in Port Dundas, the system will be refined based on feedback from farmers on the pilot. It will also look at emerging opportunities, particularly around the Internet of Things, with sensor network data outputs enriching farmer data to help inform management decisions.
The work is aimed at targeting international markets, such as Europe and North America, together with the current UK focus for the company.
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “Internationalisation and innovation are key parts of our economic strategy and two of Scotland’s fundamental strengths. They are the factors that attract companies such as Farmflo to invest and expand in Scotland.”
Managing director of Scottish Development International, Paul Lewis, said: “This investment is further evidence of Scotland’s position as the leading location in the UK for R&D investment, as illustrated in the recent EY Attractiveness Survey, and we look forward to working with the company as it grows its business from Scotland.”