About Us

Permia Sensing offers a field-testing service to detect Red Palm Weevil (RPW) larvae growing in coconut palm trees. This insect is known to damage an estimated 10% of the coconut yield in the World, which is around £450 million per year. The World Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) has declared RPW as a global threat to the food industry because it has attacked about 40 palm species in 60 countries. Chemical treatments are effective if RPW can be detected within the first 2-weeks of infestation. Our field tested IoT technology was developed at the Morph Lab of Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London in the UK, a World Top 10 University.

Our vision is to become the crop producers’ top commercial partner in pest management, and the go-to market leader in agricultural sensing and monitoring solutions that farmers trust, purchase and rely on time and time again.

We are on a mission to transform the way farming is done with its acoustic sensing and monitoring technologies. Through our pioneering technologies, we want to enable the farming industry to minimise pest-induced crop losses and maximise productivity and profitability on a global scale. Our long-term vision is ambitious but backed by in-depth knowledge, expertise and track-record in design engineering – we want to become the crop producers’ top commercial partner in pest management, and the go-to market leader in agricultural sensing and monitoring solutions that farmers trust, purchase and rely on time and time again.

If you have a coconut farm with Red Palm Weevil infestation, please contact us so that we can extend our customised services to you. If you can be a regional service provider by using our sensor to test trees in farms, please contact us to negotiate agency terms.

Our leadership team

Dr. Stephen Hampson, Chair

Entrepreneurial director and CEO-level executive with a broad range of experience covering venture capital, high growth business and academia. A creative problem solver, driven to achieve exceptional outcomes for stakeholders.

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara, R&D Director

Reader in Design Engineering and Robotics and the Director of Morph Lab, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. Research interests are in soft robotics, morphological computation, and human robot interaction.

Mr. Hasitha Wegiriya, Operations Director

A PhD candidate at the Morph Lab. Expertise in sensing, IoT, and soft robotics.