Drones on the Farm: Agribotix Partners with senseFly, and Sentera Announces Real-Time NDVI Streaming
Advances have recently been made in agriculture with two new professional solutions. Agribotix has partnered with senseFly, while Sentera announced Real-Time NDVI video streaming with their new sensor.
Agribotix is an agricultural intelligence company that provides easy-to-use drone-enabled technologies and services for precision agriculture. The company owns a subscription/cloud-based software – FarmLens – which processes photos taken during a flight, creating NDVI images to help monitor crop health and support precision decisions in the field. Agribotix also offers the affordable Agrion Drone Starter and Plus systems, which include a FarmLens subscription and the DJI Phantom Advanced drone, equipped with a modified DJI camera for near infrared imaging and some variations depending on the version you choose.
After partnering with senseFly, a leader in development and manufacturing of mapping drones, both companies conceived a new, more professional solution for farmers: a combination of senseFly’s eBee SQ drone and Agribotix’s FarmLens system. The eBee SQ is a fixed-wing drone that uses Parrot’s multispectral Sequoia sensor, which allows you to capture data across four spectral bands (Red, Green, Red-Edge, Near-infrared) and RGB in just one flight. With its 55 minutes battery life, a cruise speed of 40-100km/h, and a maximum coverage of 3000ha, the eBee SQ in combination with FarmLens is a great fit for people who are looking for a simple, yet powerful, 100% agricultural solution, as Agribotix’s CEO Lou Faust said.
Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly’s CEO said: “We’re delighted to join forces with Agribotix in pairing the eBee SQ with FarmLens. This partnership creates a professional end-to-end solution that is uniquely easy to use.”
Speaking about NDVI imaging, such as the one FarmLens provides, Sentera announced the release of LiveNVDI Video, a solution that offers Real-Time NDVI video streaming. Using Sentera Double 4K, a small, fully-customizable twin-imager sensor, capable of capturing high-megapixel color stills, near-infrared (NIR), and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data, at a 4K resolution, you can now livestream NDVI video directly to your mobile device on the ground.
While using systems such as FarmLens, that also provides NVDI data, but only after a couple of hours processing images, LiveNVDI reduces time and expenses by letting you focus on other more important tasks, by collecting NDVI data faster – in real-time.
Sentera’s CEO, Eric Tairpale said: “This is a great new tool for agronomists and other advisors. Users have been limited in what they could immediately take away from sensor data while they’re still at the field’s edge. With the Double 4K’s LiveNDVI capability, these users get definitive NDVI data on the entire field immediately, and with complete confidence. It could not be faster, and it costs less than traditional methods of data collection.”
For now, LiveNDVI Video comes exclusively with Sentera’s Omni quadcopter and Phoenix 2 fixed-wing drones. The Double 4K sensor with LiveNDVI Video will be available on February 1.