Airware and senseFly Sign Global Partnership Agreement to Bring Survey-Grade Aerial Mapping to the Enterprise

Airware to leverage senseFly’s eBee Plus fixed-wing drone as part of large-area data collection & analysis solutions

San Francisco, CA/Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne (April 25, 2017) – Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, has signed a global distribution agreement with senseFly, the world’s leading producer of fixed-wing mapping drones, to bring the survey-grade eBee Plus to its enterprise customers.

Airware’s end-to-end solutions for mining, quarrying, and construction sites harness drone technology to capture aerial data and translate it into measurable business impact for Fortune 500 companies around the world. As a result of this commercial partnership, the most globally utilized, commercial-grade, large-area mapping drone is now offered as part of Airware’s enterprise offering, which includes cloud-based data processing, analytics, and reporting, as well as the training, support, and professional services enterprises need to deploy drones at scale.  Continue reading

Tighter drone regulations affect agricultural use

Restrictions to within nine kilometres of an ‘aerodrome’ affect much of agricultural Manitoba

Assiniboine Community College’s agribusiness program has grounded most drone flights while professors sort through new regulations around their operation.

The new Transport Canada rules released March 16 limit recreational drones between 250 grams and 35 kilograms to within 90 metres of the ground, at least 75 metres away from structures, people or vehicles, to daylight hours only and at least nine kilometres away from any “aerodrome.” That’s defined as “airports, heliports and seaplane bases or anywhere that aircraft take off and land,” which includes small airports in rural areas. Continue reading

Ask The Experts — An Agriculture Drone Q&A

At the end of senseFly’s recent Ag Drone Insights webinar, we reserved time for an open Q&A session. The questions were submitted by viewers from around the globe. The answers meanwhile were provided by the event’s three expert presenters: Norm Lamothe of Deveron UAS, Erick Lebrun of AIRINOV and Nathan Stein, senseFly’s ag solutions manager.

This post details their responses in full, covering topics such as: flight heights, achievable accuracy, what makes for good data, in-field targeting and more. Continue reading

How Much Do You Want to Pay for a Drone?

What constitutes a good deal when buying a drone? According to Malek Murison, who writes for dronelife.com, “It depends.”

The most important step is to link purpose to price, he says. That means farmers getting behind the controls for the very first time may have different needs than the seasoned veteran interested in more commercial applications.

Murison divides potential buyers into three basic categories – “just starting out,” “getting serious” and “professional.” Here’s his take on what each category reasonably costs. Continue reading

At Minnesota’s Farmfest, drones and data fly onto the agenda

When surveying fields, Minnesota farmers are trading their tractors in for unmanned, aerial crafts that can provide quick images of crops as they grow.

Pictured above, Farm Intelligence Vireo

Forget the weather and politics. As thousands of Minnesota farmers gather this week for the big trade show Farmfest, the real buzz is overhead.

For a couple of years, small numbers of farmers and farm-equipment dealers have experimented with unmanned aerial devices, known as UAVs or drones, to get pictures and other data above fields.

Now, an industry is emerging to promote the concept. Farmers attending the show near the central Minnesota town of Morgan will have a chance to attend seminars on how drones and so-called big data are changing their work. Implement dealers, crop consultants, researchers and a handful of Minnesota companies that are in the drone business will be on hand. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is even giving away a quadcopter drone in a promotion.

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Drones to Help Farmers Monitor their Crops (Representational Image)Drones or the aerial vehicle will soon aid farmers to monitor the growth of their crops and also determine if they are in need of pesticide application.

Dennis Bowman, a crop researcher at the University of Illinois, is experimenting with two drones, a remote-controlled Phantom quadcopter and a Parrot AR Drone with GPS to take aerial images of crops that are growing in the university’s farm research areas and find out which areas need attention.

“As the crop gets up and going, we will fly over it. We are also looking at doing some scans over our herbicide studies to see if the drone photography can help us identify where crops are stressed by postemergence herbicide applications,” the Hindu quoted Dennis Bowman, a crop science educator with University of Illinois.
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