Heartland Solves ‘Traveling Salesman Problem’ to Help Farmers Optimize Operations

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ReMap technology is said to solve the “traveling salesman” mathematical problem, find the fastest route between multiple locations, and reduce the time, money, energy, and carbon footprint required to farm. // Courtesy of Heartland
ReMap technology is said to solve the “traveling salesman” mathematical problem, find the fastest route between multiple locations, and reduce the time, money, energy, and carbon footprint required to farm. // Courtesy of Heartland

Heartland, headquartered in Detroit, says it has “revolutionized” plot mapping technology to drive efficiency for farming operations across the world with its ReMap product.

The ReMap technology, according to Heartland, will reduce the time, money, energy, and carbon footprint required to farm.

The traveling salesman is a mathematical problem that focuses on finding the fastest route between multiple locations. Solving this equation can help optimize logistics networks across land, air, and sea, and opens the door for Heartland to run mathematical calculations that have never been possible.

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. ReMap is a technology solution to a problem that farmers have faced for more than 12,000 years.

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 says it is sitting at the intersection of regenerative farming and sustainable manufacturing. ReMap technology could become a foundational tool to help Heartland drive the adoption of green chemistry across industries.

“Heartland’s team is exploring the different applications of this computing technology to drive new material innovations,” says Jesse Henry, CEO of Heartland. “This technology allows us to create never-before-seen solutions in agriculture, manufacturing, chemistry, and advanced materials.”

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According to Heartland, 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.

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