AeroVironment wants to change the future of farming by using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and superior analytics. As a part of the 2019 Quantix & AV DSS University Collaboration Project, the company is working to realize that. The venture will deal with advance academic research, applications, and crop production practices.
More than 90 Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS ecosystems have been granted to the agricultural departments of 35 universities together with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cornell University, North Dakota State University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Purdue University, Ohio State University, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The universities taking part will make use of AeroVironment’s Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS data analytics platform in a variety of in-subject trials, application utilization research, and precision agriculture techniques analysis overlaying areas akin to crop nutrient and enter administration; AI for detecting weeds, pests, and illnesses; and improved accuracy of crop yield prediction. The hands-on experiences, together with use-case insights that may enhance in-subject performance and advance the adoption of drone-based applied sciences, will be shared.
Featuring automated precision flight operation and a vertical takeoff and touchdown (VTOL) hybrid design, Quantix is purpose-built for crop scouting. It can survey as much as 400 acres in 45 minutes. Throughout the flight, built-in sensors seize excessive-decision shade and multispectral imagery via dual 18-megapixel cameras. On-board processing wirelessly transmits exact color and NDVI imagery to the included working pill as quickly as the drone lands. This feature gives farmers the power to investigate points whereas they’re still in the field.
For extra detailed evaluation, Quantix seamlessly integrates with AV DSS to carry out advanced image processing and knowledge analytics, including True Color, NDVI, GNDVI, cover coverage, anomaly detection, and extra. This data provides customers with deeper insights into plant development, vegetative health, facts, and resource management.