Remote sensor supplier Sentera has expanded its product portfolio in a bid to capture the demand from the precision agriculture sector.
Sentera’s quad sensor is now available in an integrated gimbal-stabilised package for DJI Inspire and Matrice drones.
Featuring four fully-customisable and individually-filtered focal plane arrays, the Gimbaled Quad sensor sets the standard for data accuracy and ease-of-use. Lock and go technology provides simple, snap-in installation to the drone and actively stabilises the optics to true nadir, optimising productivity while capturing high-precision, low-distortion vegetative health data. Image products are compatible with most standard stitching and GIS tools.
In standard configuration, the Gimbaled Quad sensor offers access to standard normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI), green NDVI, normalised difference red edge (NDRE), and high-resolution colour data capture, all in a single flight.
“A gimbaled sensor ensures consistent camera positioning and consistent incident angle to the ground regardless of flight direction, wind, or vehicle dynamics,” said Ethan Oscarson, mechanical engineer at Sentera.
“By maintaining a consistent angle of incidence, operators can be confident that their spectral data is accurate and isolated from random spectral bias induced by phenomenon like BDRF (bidirectional reflectance distribution function). This is particularly important with the precise, narrow-band spectral data provided by this sensor.”
Greg Thompson, director of sales at Sentera, added: “Swapping payloads on-the-go gives our customers the ability to decide what data they want to collect while on-site. Advisors and researchers are scouting multiple fields in a single day. Data capture flexibility allows them to customize a crop scouting mission based on their requirements.”