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Farming and agriculture monitoring with UgCS

Agriculture is one of the oldest and most important industries in the world, providing fresh food or crops either directly to consumers or to companies. While it is an old industry, many new innovations have been made recently, which help increase the efficiency. By doing this, farmers are able to get more crops out of every square meter of the field.

While the sides of the field can be monitored, it is hard to judge how the crops are growing in the middle of the field. By using drones it is possible to view the field from above and to calculate vegetation index and display it graphically. Then it is easy to see areas where growth of crops is good and areas where it needs to be improved.
 

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Regular field inspections / NDVI index calculation

Regular field inspections / NDVI index calculation

To get the images for vegetation indexes, a drone with a camera needs to be sent on an automatic flight over the field. Doing this in manual mode is not possible since the locations have to be precise.

UgCS comes with an built-in Photogrammetry tool which makes aerial surveying an ease. Simply by marking down the field which needs to be scanned on the map and entering a desired ground sample distance (GSD) and a desired image overlap, the flight path is automatically calculated. Then the drone can be sent on an automated mission to collect images for later analysis.

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Geotagging tool for scanning large areas

Geotagging tool for scanning large areas

With UgCS it is possible to scan large areas since it allows the drone to return when a battery needs to be changed and then fly back and start from the previous waypoint.

UgCS also features a geotagging tool allowing the aerial images made to be synced with telemetry data.

Using special photogrammetry tools like Pix4D or Photoscan, the images can be stitched together and NDVI indexes can be calculated.

Advantages of using UgCS for agriculture

  • UgCS comes with built-in photogrammetry and geotagging tools
  • UgCS makes it possible to scan large areas by exchanging the battery during the mission and restarting it
  • NDVI index images can help farmers be more aware of the crops growing in different areas of the field and thus help increase the efficiency and the overall profitability of the business
  • The data of all flights is recorded and stored. These flights can be accessed at any time from the telemetry player.
  • Images from previous flights can be used in UgCS as map overlay for more precise follow up flights.
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