Drone software platform DroneDeploy has rolled out new capabilities to help growers perform more accurate plant health analysis and process high-quality maps during all stages of crop growth.
According to the San Francisco-based company, growers can now use DroneDeploy to create field maps using sensors designed for agriculture, including the Sentera near-infrared and SLANTRANGE calibrated multi-spectral sensors.
In addition, DroneDeploy has released improvements to its proprietary map processing algorithms – just in time to address some of the most common challenges growers face when mapping late-stage crops, the company explains.
“Until now, stitching late-stage crops has remained an unsolved problem in image processing,” says Nick Pilkington, chief technology officer and co-founder of DroneDeploy.
DroneDeploy customers can now fly, capture imagery, and process and interpret maps by using sensors from Sentera and SLANTRANGE, all compatible with the latest DJI drones. To create a DroneDeploy map with these sensors, users can install the free SLANTRANGE or Sentera application within DroneDeploy, fly using the DroneDeploy mobile app and upload imagery to DroneDeploy for processing. Once the map is complete, users will be able to view, analyze and share plant health data specific to the sensor used, providing an end-to-end solution all within the DroneDeploy software suite.
The supported near-infrared sensors from Sentera, including the high-precision NDVI Single sensor and the Sentera Double 4K sensor, allow growers to create NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) maps to accurately detect crop stress.
On the other hand, the SLANTRANGE 3p sensor captures high-resolution, calibrated, multi-spectral imagery data by using patented sunlight calibration algorithms so that growers and agronomists can accurately compare crop data over time.
“SLANTRANGE is committed to promoting an open ecosystem that allows customers to collect and process their data using a combination of tools that work best for their business,” says Matthew Barre, director of strategic development at SLANTRANGE. “This partnership gives DroneDeploy customers access to the accuracy and specificity of SLANTRANGE’s true multi-spectral imagery.”