Under their agreement, PrecisionHawk will be offering its UAV data collection, sensing and analysis tools to farmers across the U.S. and Canada through Agri-Trend's SkyScout program.
This year, the partnership will bring UAV services – from trained individuals – throughout regions of Canada. The companies’ objective is to roll out a full commercialization service model in 2016.
“The partnership includes a number of important firsts around the intersection of agriculture and drone technology,” says PrecisionHawk CEO Christopher Dean. “As the first large-scale, agricultural drone program roll-out in North America, aerial data will be seamlessly captured by PrecisionHawk systems and transformed into meaningful data products inside the Agri-Data system for application by the end grower.”
The integration of PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper into the Agri-Data Solution Platform will be optimized in the first phase. This DataMapper/Agri-Data integration will allow farmers to aggregate and analyze data from a multitude of sources in order to make better decisions more quickly and efficiently, explains PrecisionHawk.
“Scaling comes from things being seamless and simple,” comments Rob Saik, founder and CEO of Agri-Trend. “It is our belief that to reach true field level value, these products need to be captured and delivered cost effectively through automated processes, on-board UAV intelligence, and by many different individuals, including both coaches and farmers.”