SureHarvest of Soquel, Calif., has acquired ScanControl Inc., which provides geographic information system-integated field data collection for vineyards.
Pleasanton, Calif.-based ScanControl, which was founded by Robin Wood 10 years ago, developed a simple-to-use platform that combined databases with central servers, desktop computers and mobile computing devices. GIS software is used to convert field data collected with GPS coordinates or georeferencing into user-friendly maps.
With the acquisition, SureHarvest will supply software to six of the top 12 wineries and 22 percent of the premium wine producing vineyards in the United States.
The mobile devices can be used with global positioning systems, barcodes or RFID.
SureHarvest provides a simple-to-use software system that allows growers to track crop inputs, labor and other costs. The company also has been a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement and has worked closely with the Sustainable Winegrape Alliance as well as the Healthy Grown potato program in Wisconsin.