Sentera LLC, a Minneapolis-based provider of remote sensing hardware and data management solutions, recently signed a reseller agreement with DroneMate, an agriculture and inspection drone and sensor distributor in New Zealand.
The agreement gives New Zealand’s agriculture industry access to Sentera’s end-to-end normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) solutions, including agriculture drones, precision sensors and AgVault software.
“We are excited to offer Sentera’s easy-to-use, precise NDVI drone solutions and AgVault Software to our extensive network of customers,” says John Bampfylde, marketing director for DroneMate. “New Zealand is an agriculture-focused economy and is always looking for smarter ways to grow crops more efficiently.
“The timing is excellent. Our customers are planning for the coming growing season, and Sentera’s crop health management solutions provide the perfect, affordable solution for New Zealand farmers – allowing them to capture color, near-infrared and NDVI data and view it right at the field edge,” he continues.
DroneMate will offer Sentera’s NDVI upgrade for the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3 and Inspire platforms. Each upgrade uses a Sentera NDVI single sensor.
The AgVault software will be available through DroneMate, which will allow farmers to evaluate and respond to crop health data in real time by reviewing a QuickTile map while in the field.
“Drone technologies are becoming much more affordable and much easier to use, so New Zealand is seeing more farmers incorporate precision agriculture in their standard operations,” adds Bampfylde. “Very soon, countless farmers and local aerial professionals will own a drone and provide extremely accurate, low-cost surveys as frequently as they want.”