Parrot Invests in MicaSense Drone-Based Sensing Solutions


698_rededge_quad Parrot Invests in MicaSense Drone-Based Sensing SolutionsMicaSense, a developer of technologies that enhance the capabilities of robotic platforms, has raised $2 million in Series A funding from Paris-headquartered Parrot.

MicaSense, which operates from Seattle and Simi Valley, Calif., says it delivers a fully integrated hardware solution for agricultural remote sensing from any unmanned aerial platform, tightly coupled with cloud-based analytics to provide crop health information to growers.

The funding will enable MicaSense to expand its engineering and manufacturing capabilities to support a growing network of customers worldwide, the company explains. It plans to expand its offering of sensors and data services in spring 2015.

MicaSense has developed RedEdge, a multispectral camera optimized to capture precise and repeatable information across five spectral bands. The RedEdge system collects information that is quantitatively accurate, allowing data to be compared across fields and over time. MicaSense says it offers this capability to all UAV owners and manufacturers.

“Agriculture is one of the fastest-growing market segments for unmanned aircraft commercial applications,” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “The sensors required to capture accurate data are a critical part of the solution, and MicaSense brings this technology to the table.”

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