“Anyone with a Styrofoam kit and a camera can survey an area. What is done with acquired data is where we feel our advantage is,” says Midwest Aerial Technologies (MAT) CEO Matthew Rohlik.
MAT is off the ground as an aerial surveying company focusing on multiple industries across the United States. Through manned aircraft and drones, MAT surveys land for any company or producer that needs 2D or 3D photogrammetry and imagery. Additionally, MAT specializes in custom drones. Wyatt Peterson, lead UAS engineer for MAT, has built several task-specific drones, including multi-rotor and fixed wing platforms. “We evaluate each need and build the proper tool for the job.”
For agriculture producers, acquired MAT data is archived into farm management software for additional use during the offseason to adjust management zones. “The high resolution we can now achieve is giving growers an advantage they never had before,” says Phil Moskal, integrated solutions manager for MidState Equipment. “We can show farmers weed pressures that can be managed and areas of the fields that are nutrient deficient. This technology is still evolving, but will change the way precision ag is looked at.”
Strategically headquartered to take advantage of an ag tech business boom, MAT is located in Willmar, Minn., at the MinnWest campus, and surrounded by a host of research, surveying, manufacturing and agricultural businesses.
“When we started this business we wanted to provide options to industries looking at Aerial Surveying to cut costs or manage projects … We can provide data processing for manned or unmanned aircraft. How it is used will make the difference,” says Rohlik.
MAT emphasizes propriety in data management. “Your data is your data, period,” says Russ Thorpe, business development manager. “Our clients, whether farmers, loggers, or mining companies all have data that is valuable to them. We offer storage options as well as data management and consulting services to provide a wide array of options.” MAT has partnered with E4 & Sons, Woodbine, Iowa, as a provider for agricultural data management.
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