Sentera Brings Autonomous Drone Route Planning to Precision Ag App

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 08, 2016 No Comments

Minneapolis-based Sentera LLC has added autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) route planning to its AgVault 2.0 mobile app to provide the agriculture industry with an end-to-end normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) solution.

The added capability works with the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 4 and Inspire family of UAVs. AgVault allows farmers to highlight a field, autonomously fly a UAV, capture imagery, manage data, produce QuickTile maps and deliver data to a piece of equipment – all at the field’s edge.

The app allows the operator to select the drone’s altitude, sensor configuration, overlap and sideslip, as well as the area of the field to survey. The UAV launches via the app, autonomously flies the predetermined route and returns upon completion.

The AgVault 2.0 software comprises desktop, mobile and cloud components that automatically synchronize data with one another. The software is sensor-, drone- and equipment-agnostic and is compatible for most popular prescriptive analytics tools, says Sentera. In addition, the software does not require an Internet connection to operate.

“The AgVault 2.0 flight planning feature is an important advancement for growers and advisors. The software takes the guesswork out of UAV navigation and delivers instant visibility to crop health,” says Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera. “A grower simply launches the UAV; then AgVault Mobile ensures high-quality imagery is captured exactly where the user desires.”

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