Sentera Responds to Market Demand Adding TrueNDVI™ to DJI Mavic Drone

Offering growers even more advanced crop scouting solutions

Sentera today announced its ability to convert a DJI Mavic™ drone into a precision scouting tool that collects TrueNDVI™ crop health data. The ultra-lightweight, super-precise Sentera NDVI Single Sensor is integrated onto the pocket-sized Mavic drone, featuring one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. In a single flight, visual-band RGB, near-infrared (NIR) and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data is simultaneously captured, and then interpreted in the field to quickly detect problem areas and respond with action. The small yet powerful Mavic drone with NDVI Upgrade ensures precision while saving time. Continue reading

STMicroelectronics’ Latest Time-of-Flight Ranging Sensor Brings Multi-Object Detection and Multi-Array Scanning to Mobile Applications

  • Widely used FlightSense™ low-power sensors are ideal for autofocus, presence-detection, and power-saving functions
  • The VL53L1 offers best-ever Time-of-Flight sensor performance, unlocking exciting new applications and user experiences
  • Demonstrations at Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, Feb 27 – Mar 2)
    Hall 7A61 will highlight key features

STMicroelectronics’ Latest Time-of-Flight Ranging Sensor Brings Multi-Object Detection and Multi-Array Scanning to Mobile Applications

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) , a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has released its third-generation laser-ranging sensor based on its industry-leading FlightSense™ technology. The VL53L1 sensor benefits from new patented silicon- and module-level architectures, adding for the first time, optical lenses to the module. This combination boosts core performance while ­introducing many new features including multi-target detection, cover-glass crosstalk immunity at long distance, and programmable multi-zone scanning. These advances deliver new levels of sensor performance to robotics, user detection, drones, IoT, and wearable applications. Continue reading

Measure Partners With AES To Deploy Drones At Record Scale For The Energy Industry

Drone technology will inspect energy infrastructure across AES’ renewable and thermal generation facilities, as well as distribution companies

Measure, the nation’s leading Drone as a Service® operator, announced today a global partnership with The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) to scale and leverage its industry-leading drone service to inspect AES’ energy infrastructure in 17 countries. The use of the drone technology is expected to help AES improve safety and avoid more than 30,000 hours of hazardous work per year with safer and more efficient aerial inspection services.

“This is the year drone technology gets fully integrated in operations. At many of the nations’ leading energy companies we are seeing a push to move beyond the R&D phase, and get this technology fully deployed into the field. AES has proven the technology works at scale, with more than 3,000 flights logged in 10 countries. We are excited to be chosen as their strategic partner to ‘make drones work’ at scale across their global portfolio of energy infrastructure, and to improve safety and increase availability of their energy solutions in the United States and abroad,” said Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of Measure. Continue reading

uAvionix Demonstrates Dime Sized ADS-B for High Traffic Density Drone Operations

uAvionix Corporation, a leading Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) avionics provider, announced the development and test of its smallest ADS-B transceiver yet.  Weighing less than 1 gram, a dime sized ADS-B prototype module for drones with transmission power between 0.01-0.25 Watts could provide visibility to any aircraft equipped with ADS-B “IN” avionics from 1 – 10 miles away, and is small enough to integrate directly into professional and consumer-level drones.  uAvionix is working with the FAA and other partners under a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) to test the unit, along with other uAvionix products.

uAvionix Ping ADS-B transceiver

uAvionix Ping ADS-B transceiver

A recent study published in January 2017 by The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) imagined a future world of very high traffic densities of drones operating with ADS-B onboard, and then sought to understand the implications of that.  The study suggests that there is a nominal transmission power output between 0.01 and 0.1 Watts that when coupled with limited drone traffic densities can result in a compatible operation with the system as a whole. Continue reading

Agribotix™ partners with senseFly

Agribotix™ partners with senseFly to offer agricultural clients a professional-grade, end-to-end drone & data processing solution

The eBee SQ agricultural drone powered by Agribotix FarmLens gives users the unique ability to perform the full crop scouting workflow in the field: fly large areas efficiently, capture ground truthing images, make notes, and share detailed information about trouble spots with farmers from the field. FarmLens users gain valuable insights about crop conditions without having to become experts in data processing.

The eBee SQ agricultural drone powered by Agribotix FarmLens gives users the unique ability to perform the full crop scouting workflow in the field: fly large areas efficiently, capture ground truthing images, make notes, and share detailed information about trouble spots with farmers from the field. FarmLens users gain valuable insights about crop conditions without having to become experts in data processing.

By combining the eBee SQ, senseFly’s advanced, long-range agricultural drone with Agribotix’s award-winning FarmLens™ cloud processing platform, the companies have created an easy-to-use solution that is perfectly optimised for the early identification and troubleshooting of crop issues. Continue reading