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Soil Scout etsii lisävahvistusta kansainvälisen myynnin tiimiinsä. Juuri varmistuneen lisärahoituksen turvin lähdemme valloittamaan maailmaa. Tavoitteenamme on tuottaa maanaalainen säätieto viiden vuoden kuluttua ympäri maailmaa.

Toimintamme perustuu jakelukumppaneihin, joiden tehtävänä on etsiä soveltuvia asiakkaista omalta alueeltaan. Me osaltamme tuemme näitä kumppaneita heidän pyrkimyksissään.

Soil Scoutin mukana pääset tutustumaan maailman parhaisiin golf-kenttiin, -stadioneihin, -viinitiloihin kuin myös keskilännen suuriin aroihin kaikilla mantereilla.

Tekninen myyntipäällikö toimii läheisesti yhdessä jakelukumppaneiden kanssa avustaen heitä myynnissä sekä käyttöönotoissa. Sinulle ei ole vierasta kirjaimellisesti laittaa käsiä saveen ja kykenet sujuvasti keskustelemaan niin golf-kenttien kenttämestareiden kuin viininviljelijöiden kanssa.

Startup-hengessä vastuu ei rajoitu tähän, vaan kanssamme pääset tekemään kaikkia toiminnan osa-alueita pitchaus mukaanlukien.

Agronomian perustietämys sekä tekniikan ymmärrys katsotaan eduksi. Jos sinulle avautuu termit LTE-M, Nb-IoT, Yagi ja Omni niin plussaa, mutta ei suinkaan välttämätöntä.

Ota yhteyttä:
Jalmari Talola, Soil Scout
040 820 1709

Soil Scout raises significant late-seed round led by Husqvarna Group

The system – used by customers including Wembley Stadium – is the first to transmit critical soil data wirelessly from underground in real-time

HELSINKI, Finland (October 8th, 2019) Wireless soil moisture sensor startup Soil Scout has closed a significant late-seed funding round led by Husqvarna Group, with private investment closing out the round. Soil Scout plans to use the funding to scale production so they can help more farmers, sports venues, and managers of green spaces around the world better manage their water resources.

“We are extremely excited about the recognition from Husqvarna as they have over a century’s worth of experience in the field and understand the need for water management,” said Soil Scout’s CEO Jalmari Talola. “This funding is important for us as it allows us to improve our collaboration with new and existing partners and customers, as well as extend our product portfolio,” he concluded.

“We were particularly impressed with Soil Scout’s track record, with high-profile sports grounds like Wembley Stadium and Citizens Bank Park (home to the Philadelphia Phillies) already utilizing the system,” said Björn Axling, Vice President, Corporate Venture Capital at Husqvarna Group. “This, in addition to a strong team and the truly impressive capabilities of the Soil Scout system, convinced us to invest in Soil Scout, ” he continued.

Unlike above-ground solutions, Soil Scout’s sensor is the only system capable of transmitting moisture, temperature, and salinity data in near real-time from up to 2 meters below the surface, for up to 20 years, maintenance-free. 

19th generation farmer, doctor in agrotechnology, and inventor of the Soil Scout solution Johannes Tiusanen built the system to give farmers the data they need to become precision agriculture specialists, both conserving water resources and increasing yields on their land over the long-term.

“Quite contradictory to what people think, precipitation actually is inadequate, even here in Finland: we have plenty of water, but agronomically in the wrong place,” said Tiusanen. “When it comes to agriculture, topography, draining and soil composition can lead to different parts of the same field having a substantially different yield potential. At Soil Scout, we have built a future-proof below-ground monitoring solution that can stay in operation and in-situ for decades,” he continued.

The system also allows farmers and turf professionals like golf course superintendents and sports venues managers to gain a detailed picture of their soil quality while leaving topsoil, pitches, and greens undisturbed.

“The Soil Scout moisture units have exceeded my expectations in their usefulness”, said Mike Boekholder, Director of Field Operations at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. “I feel like we tend to not overwater as much, making management of the clay a bit less guesswork and a bit more science. Any advantage we can get in providing a better-quality surface, I’ll take. They certainly are a nice tool to have and help us tremendously in that regard.”

Husqvarna Group is a global leading producer of outdoor power products and innovative solutions for forest, park and garden care. The Group sells its products to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries, with net sales amounting to SEK 41 billion in 2018.

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Media kit with pictures

Jalmari Talola, Soil Scout CEO

+358 40 8201709


Soil Scout massively optimizes water and energy usage by providing permanent buried wireless monitoring. Our small buried “Scout” sensor transmits moisture, temperature and salinity in near real-time from up to 2 meters/ 6 feet below the surface, for up to 20 years, maintenance-free. Our partners include farmers and agricultural producers around the world, golf courses like Desert Mountain Arizona, and arenas like Wembley Stadium. For more information, visit soilscout.com.

Husqvarna Group

Husqvarna Group is a global leading producer of outdoor power products and innovative solutions for forest, park and garden care. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawnmowers. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a global leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. 

The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2018 amounted to SEK 41 billion, and the Group has more than 13,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information, visit www.husqvarnagroup.com

Alternative method to choose Scout locations 2 – Veristech

While in-field variation of farming soils has for a while been assessed by different kinds cameras, methods that actually get involved with the dirt are becoming commercially available as well. Today among the very first farms in Finland, the field plots at Soil Scout trial farm were scanned by Juha and Jussi Knaapi with a combination of an on-the-go Veristech soil scanner and a Wintex soil sampler

The scanner measures three soil parameters on the fly: 1) conductivity, 2) NIR organic content and 3) pH. Note the water tank on the scanner – the water is used for the mandatory washing of the pH sensor after every sample analysis (which is why Soil Scout does not include pH sensing).

Once the scan is complete, the soil organic matter (SOM) map remains a relative heat map. This is why the system finally decides 3 locations for collecting soil samples: a high, an average and a low NIR value point. These points are then sampled with the Wintex and sent for accurate laboratory SOM analysis to provide calibration values for the remaining map.

This above described method applies the basic cost saving philosophy of using smart techniques to decide a few points of high interest and then measuring those by sophisticated means. Which is exactly what Soil Scout does regarding the continuous monitoring of soil moisture and temperature conditions: choosing the essential locations based on vegetative observations and recommending those for Soil Scout sensor points.

This summer we will be able to compare up to 6 different methods to define in-field zoning and bring our experiences to the benefit of our Soil Scout customers. The mapping is carried out in co-operation with the MIKÄ DATA research program at the Pori university center.

Alternative method to choose Scout locations 1 – Geocarta

A strict grid method for collecting soil samples or installing soil sensors is a very ineffective approach as it will produce lots of unnecessary data points and a high cost. The most frequently used method for the Soil Scout team in helping farmers choose the most beneficial locations for instrumentation within their fields is to recognize good/average/poor growing spots from infrared satellite image browsers, such as the Sentinel Playground. After all, there is no telling beforehand whether a poorly growing spot is too wet or too dry – but surely it is not optimal.

Today a more hands-on approach to identify soil texture zones was tried out at the Soil Scout trial farm in Ulvila, Finland. A patrol from the Geocarta visited the fields with their on-the-go soil resistivity mapper. Their soil texture mapping philosophy is identical to ours: where to collect productive soil samples for a detailed laboratory analysis is chosen by mapping the apparent resistivity variations and identifying zones, which differ from each other for a fact, but the actual characteristics remain unknown until the soil samples have been analysed.

Once the raw data has been post processed, we will soon find out how the soil texture maps correlate to the observed yield potential differences within the fields, and how well the soil sampling coordinates will correlate to our selection of Soil Scout sensor locations! The mapping is carried out in co-operation with the MIKÄ DATA research program at the Pori university center.

Read our founder’s interview from European Business Magazine!

It all started with an idea to bury a mobile phone with soil sensor… Apparently it didn’t work but after years of development Johannes and Jussi came out with world’s first wireless underground soil condition sensor!

Please read our founder’s interview from the link because he is the man!


Johannes Tiusanen

Soil Scout Presented in Deutsche Telekom Innovation Day 2018

Soil Scout took part to Deutsche Telekom‘s Innovation Day 2018 in Bonn. Being one of the few startups invited, Soil Scout wireless soil moisture sensor solution was presented to large tech audience in Bonn.

Soil Scout CEO Jalmari Talola commented: “It was our great pleasure for being part of this amazing event. We saw highly interesting and innovative presentations and received received interest to our Wireless solution”.

Soil Scout awarded in KasvuOpen 2018

Soil Scout awarded in Kasvu Open 2018 Circular Economy and chosen among the top 100 finest growth companies in Finland! The judges named Soil Scout having major growth potential and being ready to be scaled globally immediately.

Award by Cleantech Scandinavia

OSLO, NORWAY – 3 April 2017

Soil Scout was awarded 2nd place in the annual Nordic Cleantech competition, hosted by Cleantech Scandinavia in Oslo today. Given the large number of excellent Cleantech companies and innovations involved, we are naturally very proud and honoured to be recognised.

Click here for the press release from Cleantech Scandinavia

Soil Scout Chosen for Philadelphia Phillies Stadium


Citizens Bank Park ™ – home of the Philadelphia Phillies – has completed installation of a new SubAir® Sports System providing a new level of turf management for the field operations team. Installed and connected to the existing drainage system, all components and integrated technology are communicating and performing to provide the subsoil aeration, moisture, and temperature moderation controls. The turf management team headed by Mike Boekholder, Director of Field Operations, is now able to monitor field conditions in real time and is able to operate the SubAir System to support the subsoil conditions and turf health.

Located under the right field stands, the new SubAir® Sport System monitors subsoil conditions of oxygen levels, moisture and temperature levels. If subsoil conditions reach levels that could damage the root zone, the system automatically responds to restore customized oxygen, moisture and temperature levels. “The ability to support the root zone, keeping the grass healthy and growing is essential to growing turf” states Kevin Crowe, SubAir Systems Agronomist. “The SubAir Sports System enables the turf team to actively respond to changing subsoil conditions to grow a strong, deeply rooted turf providing a safer and consistent playing surface.”

At Citizens Bank Park, SubAir® Systems introduces new advancements in monitoring the subsoil environment and system operations. TurfWatch™ Technology connects subsoil monitoring and the operations center via a dedicated communication network. A new partnership with Soil Scout® – in-ground wireless soils sensors – improves monitoring and reporting of conditions in the subsoil environment. Twelve HYDRA Scout sensors from Soil Scout® have been buried below the playing surface in the outfield, warning tracks, and home plate. Each Scout accurately measures and wirelessly transmits subsoil moisture content, temperature and salinity every 20 minutes via a Soil Scout Repeater, or direct to the Base Station. The SubAir Sports System’s control center responds automatically to measurements that exceed the established field condition standards with aeration or vacuum operational modes to return the subsoil to balanced conditions. “The Soil Scout solution allows SubAir to create a dedicated communication platform using wireless and cloud reporting. Using smart phones, tablets or computers, turf managers can log in to TurfWatch™ to monitor, evaluate and respond to changing field conditions,” states Crowe.

The final phase of installation of the oxygen sensors has been completed in the post season. The installation of two sensors in the outfield required a small trench line to connect wiring from the sensor to the control center. These additional sensors have been integrated into network and the Citizens Bank Park SubAir Sports systems is fully operational. SubAir Sports adds Citizen’s Bank Park to it world class installations that include 2016 installations in Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi, Sendai, Japan and Wembley Stadium, UK.

About SubAir Systems: SubAir’s automated systems provide turf management solutions by completely controlling the soil moisture, salinity and temperature. SubAir Systems extend growing periods for fields and courses in high heat or high moisture climates and maintain the overall health of the turf, virtually eliminating diseases while maintaining continuous, consistent turf growth.
http://www.subairsystems.com – Twitter: @SubAirSystems