Sentera Announces New Battery-Swap Feature for UAV Precision Ag

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 09, 2016 No Comments

Sentera has announced the latest update to its AgVault 2.0 mobile iOS app, featuring a battery-swap capability that enables drone operators to plan a flight of any size.

The battery-swap feature was designed in conjunction with the AgVault 2.0 app flight planning capability, launched in June. Operators simply select the unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV) altitude, sensor configuration, overlap and sideslip and an area on their field to survey. The UAV then launches from within the app, autonomously conducts the flight plan, notifies the operator when the battery is low, returns home for a battery swap and then automatically resumes the flight plan until the complete data set is attained.

“This feature is a monumental advancement for both the UAV and precision agriculture industries,” says Reid Plumbo, director of product management for Sentera. “The most common constraint with crop-scouting large fields – getting a complete data set on a single battery – is just gone. You can plan flights that are hours long if you want to. AgVault has you covered.”

The battery-swap and flight-planning features work with the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3 and Inspire families of drones.

“Now all that really matters is the size of your data card,” notes Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera.

The AgVault 2.0 software comprises desktop, mobile and cloud components that automatically synchronize data. The software, compatible with most popular prescriptive analytics tools, does not require an Internet connection to operate – allowing growers to make data-driven crop health decisions at the field’s edge.

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