Democratized Drones?

December 13, 2016 10:32 AM

Drones can capture multispectral images that can be used to set up fairly sophisticated variable rate prescriptions. But not every drone has to be that complicated, argues Thomas Haun.

Haun, executive vice president with PrecisionHawk, says his company is interested in “democratizing drones” in agriculture. As part of that effort, the company announced it has released what Haun calls a “getting started” package – the Crop Scouting Package.

“This is a more approachable way to get started,” he says. “It gives people the ability to get into the technology at a much lower cost point, with everything needed to fly and scout in one box.”

The bundle includes a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, which Haun says was chosen not only because it is a leading, trusted brand, but also for a critical piece of its payload – a camera with a 1-inch, 20 megapixel sensor that can capture high-quality geo-referenced images. The drone can cover about 150 acres in a single flight.

The package also includes a one-year subscription PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper software for 2D and 3D mapping, reviewing RGB vegetation indices and other analysis tools. Haun says it’s meant to do one thing, and do it well.

“Crop scouting is maybe a more narrow use case – but it’s an important one,” he says. “And it’s something you can use from pre-emergence all the way through harvest.”

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Drone dude
Iowa City, IA
12/15/2016 08:38 AM

  These seem pretty small and not very efficient. I would think a drone more like what senseFly makes will have more success in ag production.


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