As part of a new North American distribution agreement, U.K.-based CNH Industrial N.V., a global provider of agricultural equipment and other capital goods, has selected DroneDeploy’s cloud platform as the software for a new, all-in-one drone bundle.
Available now from CNH Industrial’s network of Case IH and New Holland dealers, the bundle includes a one-year standard or premium DroneDeploy software subscription, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone with an RGB camera, and other drone accessories.
“Farmers and producers may not be able to control certain environmental conditions, but drones are an efficient way to mitigate crop health issues and improve yields,” says Scott Lumish, vice president of business development at DroneDeploy. “The benefits of being able to survey both the 10,000-foot view of fields, as well as zoom in to inches above the plants, are incredibly powerful.”
For example, with DroneDeploy’s platform and App Market tools, growers are making more informed decisions to detect parasites and fungi, generate variable-rate prescriptions for nitrogen and pesticides, negotiate fair crop-loss percentages, and assess natural disasters.
“This agreement with DroneDeploy is an important milestone in our continuing, focused effort to collaborate with data and precision companies at the forefront of their discipline,” says Joe Michaels, director of global precision product management with CNH Industrial.
Mike Winn, co-founder and CEO of DroneDeploy, adds, “We believe this joint offering with CNH Industrial marks an important company milestone and further validates the use of drones in agriculture.”
Last week, DroneDeploy inked its first unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) reseller agreement. Aeryon Labs Inc., a Waterloo, Ontario-based manufacturer of UAS, partnered with the company to deliver integrated UAS solutions to end-users and service providers in the commercial/industrial drone market.