SLANTRANGE, Qualcomm Create Multispectral Sensor Platform for Ag Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017 No Comments

San Diego-headquartered SLANTRANGE Inc., a provider of drone-based remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture, has released its 3p multispectral sensor system for farming drones.

The 3p is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform, providing the 3p with a powerful on-board processing solution, says SLANTRANGE.

The system harnesses the Snapdragon Flight to provide quantitative metrics about the status, health and yield potential of crops immediately after a drone flight. In turn, growers, agronomists and drone service providers can scale their operations almost anywhere in the world – with no dependence on high-bandwidth network infrastructure or large-scale computing power, the company explains.

“Agriculture plays an important role globally, and applying drone technologies with analytics has a lot of potential to help the farming industry,” comments Said Bakadir, staff product manager at Qualcomm. “Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is an ideal platform to provide the processing power for SLANTRANGE’s on-board analytics, and the 3p showcases how our connectivity and compute technologies can not only contribute to the growing commercial drone industry but can help the farming industry.”

The 3p also incorporates SLANTRANGE’s patented technique for delivering accurate crop measurements under changing sunlight conditions – a critical prerequisite for trend analysis and yield forecasting, the company notes.

Michael Ritter, CEO of SLANTRANGE, adds, “The 3p is the first platform to push aerial imaging analytics directly to the farm, so the value of aerial crop measurement can truly benefit all of the world’s farming acres – not just the small fraction of acres with high-bandwidth network access.”

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