On Monday, AgEagle LLC announced the release of a new UAV operations management system specifically developed for professional agronomists and crop consultants.
Known as AgEagle RAPID, is a cloud-based automated data transfer network that collects, processes and transmits data directly from a UAV to the agronomist or consultant’s tablet or smartphone.
From the press release:
Imagine heading out into the field carrying only the AgEagle flying wing and your tablet or smartphone. AgEagle launches automatically and begins tabulating its own scan patterns as it ascends, adjusting its flight path for wind and other factors, as well as optimizing camera settings such as lens focus and shutter speed – all on the fly.
Imagine then being able to immediately physically inspect (ie. ground truth) areas of concern found in the imagery by walking directly to their geo-referenced locations in the field – saving a trip back to the office to process the data, as well as a return trip to the field to ground truth the crops. Or imagine the level of service you can provide a grower by having a finalized digital prescription application map within minutes not hours. This is all possible with the world-changing abilities of RAPID.
“We truly believe that this system is the missing link for UAVs in precision agriculture,” said Bret Chillcot, owner and CEO of AgEagle, in the release. “As any seasoned or novice agronomist can tell you, time is always of the essence when we’re talking about fertilizer, fungicide or micronutrient applications – basically any input decision on the farm is extremely time sensitive. It’s amazing how quickly decisions can be made, and how much time RAPID can save both the grower and the agronomist or crop consultant. All that is required is the AgEagle UAV and a tablet or a smartphone – tools that pretty much every agronomist is already uses.
Check out the AgEagle RAPID in action in the demo video and learn more at AgEagle.com
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